Three appeals lost
Martin's and Cloughbawn missing key men
Published 22/09/2015 | 00:00
Three players have lost their appeals against suspensions following the controversial St. Martin's versus Cloughbawn Pettitt's Senior hurling championship game played in Bellefield.
Both Stephen Murphy and Daithí Waters (St. Martin's) were handed two-match bans following their dismissals, while club colleague Jake Firman had a one-match ban imposed.
Cloughbawn players Johnny Cullen and Barry Kehoe were also handed two-match bans.
St. Martin's also had a €250 fine imposed for abuse of the match official and bringing the game into disrepute.
While Cloughbawn appealed both bans, St. Martin's decided upon an appeal against the Waters ban, deciding to accept the remaining findings.
The appeals came before the Wexford Appeals Committee on Thursday night. Following lengthy hearings, the ban on Waters was reduced to one game, with the Cloughbawn player bans being upheld.
St. Martin's will now enter into this Saturday's quarter-final clash with reigning champions, Shelmaliers, without the services of three players, and Waters' ban is a huge blow to the club's prospects of remaining on course for the Senior double.
Waters is one of the main spearheads of St. Martin's drive towards both titles. Now they will be out to atone for the loss of Waters along with two of his colleagues against the Shels men who are many people's favourites to retain the title.
While the Shels will hope to have progressed from last year's first title success, they are still very much reliant on Joe Kelly for the majority of their scores both from play and more particularly frees. No doubt he will be given close marking attention on this occasion.
In Saturday's second quarter-final, Cloughbawn will miss the presence of Barry Kehoe against a Faythe Harriers team which has shown a degree of inconsistency this season.
Cloughbawn's Harry Kehoe will carry much responsibility into this game, while the town side will be looking towards Lee Chin for their moments of inspiration.
Sunday afternoon also offers an attractive quarter-final double-header in Innovate Wexford Park. Glynn-Barntown and Buffers Alley open proceedings, both having impressively secured their last eight spots. Both are looked upon as the underdogs but are still capable of springing some more surprises.
Oulart-The Ballagh will be hoping to take a further step towards regaining their title against old rivals, St. Anne's, whose dream of the double ended on Saturday.
The football defeat should add to St. Anne's appetite but their hurling performances have not been noteworthy this year, with the loss of Redmond Barry through a broken thumb proving crucial.
Oulart-The Ballagh seem to have put their mid-summer blip behind them. They look to still have the credentials to mount a serious title challenge.