Suspensions after Cup final incidents

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Published 30/06/2015 | 00:00

North End must plan for the opening of the new season without one of their key attackers, Kyle Dempsey.

But it's not only Dempsey who has felt the heavy hand of the Wexford Football League, as Shamrock Rovers manager, Nicky Murphy, has been handed a four-game touchline ban.

This is the fall-out from the Wexford Cup final played at Ferrycarrig Park which Shamrock Rovers won for the very first time.

During the course of the game, Rovers manager Murphy was ordered from the dug-out, while at a later stage as North End's struggle to retain the cup and complete the league-cup double for a second successive season became more pronounced, Dempsey was red-carded following an on-field offence.

As Dempsey made his way to the dressing-rooms, an exchange took place between Murphy and Dempsey, leading to the Wexford Football League taking more stern action.

Dempsey received a two-game ban for the sending-off offence, while the league added a further three games for the incident following his dismissal.

Murphy, who also managed Wexford's Oscar Traynor side last season, was banned for four games, while his club, Shamrock Rovers, received a €250 fine.

As North End eye up the league for a third successive season, they must plan for their opening five games without the services of the talented Dempsey.

Endurance tested

A number of Wexford runners will compete in the Energia 24-hour race on the Mary Peters track in Belfast on July 17-18.

This is the endurance race where competitors run as many laps of the 400m race track as they can in 24 hours. It is a national championship and used for international selection.

James Whitty, will compete in the 24-hour race while Barbara Sludds from Blackwater and Dee Boland will run in the 12-hour event.

'When we started out with this idea of running around-the-clock in 2010, 18 runners showed up and it was won by Fermanagh's Thomas Maguire,' race director Ed Smith said.

'He ran a very creditable 204kms. Everest conqueror Lynne Hanna completed 145kms. in winning the women's race.

'Five years on there is no doubt the appetite has grown for ultra-running - and especially to see just how far can be covered in 24 hours - with many looking to register 160 kms.'

In all 18 counties will be represented: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Cork, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth, Offaly, Mayo, Meath, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

A wide range of international runners will also be competing, with entrants from England, Spain, Scotland, Italy, the Phillipines, Poland, the Falkland Islands and Hungary.

Academy squad seminar

Wexford Coaching and Games will be hosting an academy squad seminar this evening (Tuesday) at 7.30pm in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.

This is open to anyone who has been involved or wishes to get involved in squads in both hurling and football, and current academy players will also be present.

The new structure that will come in to effect will be outlined in detail by both Peter Hally (Football Development Officer) and Shane O'Hanlon (Hurling Development Officer). A feedback and discussion session will be held afterwards.

Big game for Martin

There was surprise in many quarters a few months ago when last year's Co. Senior football championship final referee, Brendan Martin, was removed from the list of the officials deemed worthy of taking charge of games in the top flight.

However, with a different body looking after the appointments, it was notable to see the Ballyhogue man given the plum job at the national Féile finals over the weekend. Martin took charge of the big match which brought the curtain down on the action when Austin Stacks beat Naomh Eanna in the Division 1 boys' final.

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