Business as usual for Dromcollogher-Broadford

Limerick club Dromcollogher-Broadford are continuing to train for Saturday’s county U21FC final replay despite opponents St Mary’s Seán Finns having been expelled from the competition yesterday.

Business as usual for Dromcollogher-Broadford

Following St Mary’s Seán Finns’ semi-final win over Newcastlewest, an objection was lodged with the Limerick County Board that the Rathkeale club had fielded a player who was still U16.

GAA rules prevent players from playing adult or U21 competitions until they are U17.

The objection was not ruled upon before the county final on New Year’s Eve, when Dromcollogher-Broadford battled back from six points down to secure a draw.

Now, they look to have been crowned champions even if they would prefer not to take the honours in such circumstances.

“It isn’t ideal,” said Dromcollogher-Broadford secretary Denis O’Carroll.

“The situation is ongoing, but from our point of view the way things stand is that we’re down to play a final at the weekend and our players are training for that game.

“Nobody wants to win a title in the boardroom, you always want to do it on the pitch. As far as I know there’s a Rathkeale appeal ongoing and we’ll continue to train until we’re told otherwise.”

A St Mary’s Seán Finns official refused to comment other than to say an appeal was in the pipeline and they were still hopeful the fixture would go ahead. Likewise, the Limerick County Board could not say anything pending that appeal.

Meanwhile, the Waterford Crystal Cup tie between Limerick and IT Tralee, now takes place in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale tomorrow night, with a 7.30pm throw-in. The game had initially been set for Newcastlewest on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Cork have made four changes for Sunday’s McGrath Cup semi-final clash with UL at Mallow.

Goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran replaces Ryan Price, having come on for him at half-time against LIT last week, with another established star, Paul Kerrigan, at right half-forward.

Fermoy’s Tomás Clancy at full-back and midfielder Micheál Ó Laoire are the other changes, with Fintan Goold dropping to centre-back as Alan Sheehan is injured.

Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh, who started last week, are on study leave and holidays respectively.

CORK (McGrath Cup SF v UL): K O’Halloran (Bishopstown); J McLoughlin (Kanturk), T Clancy (Fermoy), N Galvin (Ballincollig); J Loughrey (Mallow), F Goold (Macroom), K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh); M Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán), A O’Sullivan (Castletownbere); P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), M Sugrue (Bandon), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh); D Goulding (Éire Óg), D O’Connor (Ballydesmond), J Hayes (Carbery Rangers). Subs: R Price (O’Donovan Rossa), C Lyons (St Finbarr’s), S Murphy (Ballydesmond), B O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers), K Crowley (Millstreet), K O’Connor (Mallow).

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