Limerick SFC appeal unsuccessful ahead of weekend quarter finals

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick SFC
ST Patricks were unsuccessful in stage one of their appeal against the result of last week’s Limerick SFC game against Pallasgreen.

ST Patricks were unsuccessful in stage one of their appeal against the result of last week’s Limerick SFC game against Pallasgreen.

This Wednesday night, the Limerick city GAA club brought their appeal to the Limerick GAA Hearings Committee.

St Patricks were appealing against the ‘award’ of their final round Limerick SFC group game to Pallasgreen.

The appeal was unsuccessful. St Patricks are to hold a committee meeting this Thursday evening to decide if they wish to bring their case to Munster Council level.

Last season’s finalists St Patricks were 3-10 to 1-13 ahead and had just been awarded a penalty last week when their game with Pallasgreen was abandoned. There were just three minutes to play when a series of unruly incidents saw referee Mike Meade bring a premature end to the game.

During the game both sides had players sent off while it is understood that a player from either side was also sent off in the course of the late melee, before the referee failed to restart and finish the contest.

On receipt of the referees report, the CCC of Limerick GAA met and on Saturday St Patricks received confirmation that the game had been awarded to Pallasgreen as it was deemed St Patricks were responsible for the ‘early termination of the game’.

Getting the ‘award’ of the victory means that Pallasgreen move off the bottom of their group and therefore Rathkeale now play Adare in the relegation final.

Rathkeale officials were this week exploring what avenues were available to them.

Ahead of the St Patricks appeal, Limerick GAA fixture makers pushed ahead with the quarter finals confirmed for this weekend,.

Ballylanders play Fr Caseys on Friday (8.00) in the Gaelic Grounds and Monaleen play Ballysteen on Saturday (5.00) in Ballingarry.

The relegation final between Adare and Rathkeale is fixed for October 4.

However, were the St Patricks and Pallasgreen game to be replayed, St Patricks could overtake Monaleen with a win by more than 18-points. What would happen if St Patricks were eventually awarded the Pallasgreen game is unknown as Ballylanders, Monaleen and St Patricks would all end on equal points and scoring difference would most likely not be an option.

What is confirmed is that Dromcollogher-Broadford and Newcastle West finish top of the two groups and advance to the semi finals. In the last four Drom-Broadford will play either Monaleen or Ballysteen, while Newcsastle West will play Ballylanders or Fr Caseys.