Tipperary player row rumbles on

Tipperary ladies football board officials have backed John Leahy after the manager dropped five leading players from his county squad.

Tipperary player row rumbles on

Former All-Ireland SHC medallist Leahy has axed Mairead Morrissey, vice-captain Jennifer Grant, Kelly Hackett, Samantha Lambert and Patricia Hickey ahead of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies NFL Division 3 semi-final against Armagh on April 27. Morrissey is a 2013 All Star nominee and Grant starred for University of Limerick during their march to O’Connor Cup glory last month.

Leahy made his decision to remove the five players from his squad after reportedly receiving criticism from them about training methods.

With hopes of a solution, Tipperary LGFA officials were silent yesterday, with chairman Tommie Campbell out of contact. But at a board meeting on Monday evening, Leahy was given the green light to continue in the post despite the fact that five players who featured against Cavan in last year’s All-Ireland intermediate final are not in his squad now.

One former administrator is up in arms after the removal of the influential quintet. Lina Ryan said: “The five players dropped have competed at the top level and are considered by their peers outside Tipperary to be the best.

“Armagh are laughing all the way to the final. Their commitment and focus were called into question. All five have played Colleges and Jennifer Grant won an O’Connor Cup medal just a few weeks ago. “Mairead Morrissey has been nominated for an All Star and Samantha Lambert and Kelly Hackett have won O’Connor Cup medals with UCC.

“To question their commitment to ladies football, not alone Tipperary ladies, is unconscionable.” Ryan added: “Shame on the Tipp county board and the management.”

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