Lynch: No issue with Keaney
LIMERICK hurler Cian Lynch is adamant that Conal Keaney did not purposely stand on his back during the Treaty County's League quarter-final defeat to Dublin on March 28 and that justice was served when Keaney's proposed ban was overturned.
The experienced Dublin player was neither booked nor sent off by referee Diarmuid Kirwan for the incident that occurred during the first half of that match - a 1-25 to 0-16 victory for Dublin - though the passage was caught on camera and highlighted on RTÉ's League Sunday programme.
Subsequently, the CCCC re-examined the footage and proposed Keaney for a two-match ban, one that would have ruled him out of both Dublin's subsequent League semi-final defeat to Cork in Nowlan Park and - of far greater consequence to Keaney and Dublin - next Sunday week's Leinster SHC opener against Galway in Croke Park.
Keaney sought a hearing, however, and the Central Hearings Committee decided that the Ballyboden St Enda's man had no case to answer.
"I fell and he was right behind me," Lynch, who came on as an early substitute for the injured Donal O'Grady, explained.
"It was an accident - I felt it was an accident and I wasn't going to take it any further.
"Conal Keaney, I have great respect for him, and growing up I would have watched him playing football and hurling.
"He's a role model and I'm not going to dwell on it and say that he did it on purpose.
"These things happen," Lynch added.
Lynch is now expected to make his senior Limerick debut, either as a substitute or starter, on Sunday in Thurles against Clare.
"You just have to play your usual game, speed it up and be ready," he outlined of his preparations.
"If you're not focused you could get a slap or you could be getting the line straight away.
"I have never played senior championship but all the older lads tell me that it's a different game; so much quicker and hopefully it'll suit us. But Clare are coming in under the radar and they'll be strong and raring to go," concluded the 19-year-old.