THE Limerick senior football championship is heading for the boardroom.
Last season’s finalists St Patricks have confirmed to LeaderSport that they are to appeal the ‘award’ of their final round Limerick SFC group game to Pallasgreen.
St Patricks were 3-10 to 1-13 ahead and had just been awarded a penalty last Wednesday evening when their Limerick SFC 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, which could now delay the championship.
Earlier in 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’.
They have until lunch-time on Tuesday to appeal but St Patricks are now to appeal to the Limerick’s Hearings Committee.
Getting the victory means that Pallasgreen moved off the bottom of their group and Rathkeale now play Adare in the relegation final.
Ahead of the St Patricks appeal, Limerick GAA fixture makers have pushed ahead with the quarter finals confirmed for next weekend, September 25-26.
Ballylanders play Fr Caseys on Friday (8.00) in Mick Neville Park and Monaleen play Ballysteen on Saturday (5.00) in Ballingarry.
The relegation final between Adare and Rathkeale is fixed for October 4 in Askeaton at 3.00.
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.