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Thursday 24 August 2017

Bugler out for Banner relegation showdown

14 March 2015; Brendan Bugler, Clare, is shown a red card by referee Cathal McAllister during the first half. Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 4, Clare v Dublin. Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
14 March 2015; Brendan Bugler, Clare, is shown a red card by referee Cathal McAllister during the first half. Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 4, Clare v Dublin. Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

CLARE won't have experienced defender Brendan Bugler available for their relegation play-off with Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Sunday.

The 2013 All-Ireland winner and double All Star was sent off during the Banner's 2-22 to 2-20 win over Dublin in Cusack Park on March 14th on a straight red card by referee Cathal McAllister.

The incident pertaining to the dismissal happened late in the first half for an off the ball incident spotted by one of the umpires on duty.

Bugler was reported for an attempted kick, ordinarily resulting in one-game suspension.

However, as the Whitegate clubman was also sent off for a straight red during Clare's defeat to Wexford in last summer's All-Ireland SHC qualifier, the ban is automatically doubled.

Already, Bugler missed Clare's one point defeat to Kilkenny last Sunday in Nowlan Park, prior to which he took his case to the Central Hearings Committee in a bid to have the ban dropped.

The CHC explained that "evidence provided was not sufficiently compelling to rebut the referee's report therefore the Infraction was proven."

Clare then took their case to the Central Appeals Committee, who upheld the findings of the CHC.

Reilly stays at centre stage

KEVIN Reilly has been listed to start at centre-back for Meath ahead of their trip to Newry to take on Derry.

The former Meath captain made his comeback from hip surgery last week, during the Royals' defeat to Roscommon.

Eamonn Wallace has, for the third time on the spin, been named at corner-forward, though he has yet to start a League game since his return from cruciate surgery.

MEATH (SF v Down): P O'Rourke; D Tobin, C McGill, D Keogan; M Burke, K Reilly, B Power; B Menton, A Flanagan; G Reilly, P Harnan, J McEntee; E Wallace, M Newman, M O'Sullivan.

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