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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Barrett to learn ban fate tomorrow

Mattie Kenny and Shane Barrett
Mattie Kenny and Shane Barrett

Dublin will learn tomorrow night whether Shane Barrett will be available to play in Saturday's do-or-die Leinster SHC clash with Galway in Parnell Park (7.0).

Barrett was sent off in Dublin's victory over Carlow in Netwatch Cullen Park two Sundays back for what referee John Keenan deemed to be a high challenge on Jack Kavanagh.

Speaking immediately afterwards, Dublin manager Mattie Kenny intimated that they would contest the Na Fianna defender's one-match ban.

"My understanding of the rule is that it is supposed to be striking with intent," he said.

"I think a guy broke through and Shane's reaction was to put up his hand and his hurl, there was no striking action. Was his arm and his hurl high? Yes, it was. But there was no striking action.

Veracity

"There were five or six other incidents like that in the course of the game where guys would break a tackle and either the player ducks or their hand and hurl comes up.

"Unless there's a deliberate striking action it shouldn't be a red card."

Video footage of the incident cast some doubt over whether Barrett's challenge was worthy of a red and the Central Hearings Committee will establish on Thursday evening whether Dublin's claims have any veracity.

Barrett would be a major loss for Dublin if he is suspended.

Along with Chris Crummey and Sean Moran, he has thrived in Dublin's high-performing half-back line while Kenny is already without the long-term injured Cian O'Callaghan from his defensive options.

Liam Rushe is a major doubt after missing the Carlow match due to an ankle injury.

For their part, Galway have their own selection issues.

John Hanbury will sit out the game after his red card in Nowlan Park last Sunday while Micheal Donoghue must also decide whether to include Joe Canning in his squad.

Rumours of an accelerated return for Canning from groin surgery circulated last week and with Galway's place among the top three finishers in Leinster not yet guaranteed, management may be tempted now to bring him into the panel.

Galway will finish fourth in the provincial table and fail to make the All-Ireland series if they lose to Dublin while Kilkenny and Wexford draw in Wexford Park.

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