Monday 24 October 2016

Conal Keaney is in clear for league semi

Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Conal Keaney, Dublin
Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Conal Keaney, Dublin

CONAL KEANEY has been cleared by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) of any wrongdoing in Dublin's recent League quarter-final victory over Limerick and will not now serve any suspension.

The Ballyboden veteran was recommended for a two-match ban by Croke Park's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), one which would have ruled him out of Sunday's NHL Division 1 semi-final clash with Cork in Nowlan Park and either a League decider, were Dublin to beat the Rebels, or the Leinster SHC opener against Galway on Sunday, May 31, if Ger Cunningham's men lose this Sunday.

The proposed ban was prompted by an incident in the first half of Dublin's to 1-25 to 0-16 victory over the Treaty County which was captured on camera in which Keaney's right foot comes down on the upper back of a prone Cian Lynch after the Limerick substitute stumbles and falls close to the Davin Stand goalmouth.

Keaney is shown off balance in the clip as Lynch's feet accidentally trip the St Enda's man.


Referee Diarmuid Kirwan took no action at the time but the incident was shown again on RTÉ's Sunday night highlights programme League Sunday.

Last week, Keaney was informed that the CCCC had viewed the incident and retrospectively recommended that he serve a two-match ban, one which might have had Championship implications for Keaney and Dublin.

After seeking a hearing, the CHC reviewed the incident and decided that Keaney had no case to answer.

The Dublin County Board were informed of this decision late on Monday night.

Keaney has been in a strong vein of form since returning to Cunningham's starting 15 for the wins over Galway and Limerick and at this juncture, looks a good bet to secure a spot in Dublin's summer half-back line.

Michael Carton could also be available for Sunday after injuring his ankle in the loss to Clare in Ennis, although Joey Boland remains a couple of weeks shy of match fitness.


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