The controversy surrounding the eligibility of IT Carlow hurler James Gannon has left Comhairle Ardoideachais squeezed for time to run off the delayed quarter-finals ahead of next Friday’s semi-final. The Fitzgibbon Cup decider is fixed for the following afternoon, Saturday, February 28.
Following IT Carlow’s reinstatement early yesterday, DJ Carey’s charges travel to Limerick IT next Tuesday for the rescheduled quarter-final clash. The second quarter-final involving Waterford IT and Dublin IT has yet to be finalised.
IT Carlow boss Carey said the row over Gannon’s eligibility would not hinder their Fitzgibbon Cup challenge.
“Win, lose or draw on Tuesday, we will not be using this as an excuse,” he told KCLR. “We trained last Monday and Wednesday night. We were all down with the initial decision. We need to refocus now and get our heads back together. It is a huge relief to be still involved.
“We were sure James was 100% eligible, but decisions contrary to that had left us worried.”
Meanwhile UCD football manager John Divilly believes the credibility of the Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup competitions has been seriously damaged by the eligibility controversies involving players from IT Carlow, IT Sligo and QUB.