Dublin's O'Dwyer banned for four weeks

Dublin forward Ryan O'Dwyer has received a minimum four-week suspension for his straight red card in the recent Leinster SHC semi-final win over Galway.

O'Dwyer was sent-off for striking Shane Kavanagh with his hurley in the second half of the game. However, he has avoided a more severe punishment, with the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee ruling that it was a category 2 offence of 'minimal force.'

While the Dublin County Board have accepted the ban, Chairman Andy Kettle admitted that if it was of the eight-week variety they would have appealed it.

O'Dwyer's ban will run until July 16 and he will be free to play in the Metropolitans' All-Ireland quarter-final the following weekend.

O'Dwyer and injured duo Tomás Brady and David Treacy will be sidelined for Dublin's Leinster final clash with Kilkenny this Sunday, but Joey Boland is poised to play some part in the decider.

Boland is said to be 'progressing well' as he tries to make a full recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Allianz Hurling League final win over the Cats.

A decision on the Na Fianna defender's fitness will be made on Friday. He successfully came through an internal training match in recent days.


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