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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Fortune 'disappointed' for banned Maguire

SUSPENDED: Ballyboden goalkeeper Gary Maguire. Photo: SPORTSFILE
SUSPENDED: Ballyboden goalkeeper Gary Maguire. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Ballyboden St. Enda's manager, Joe Fortune said it was "disappointing," to lose Gary Maguire to a two-match suspension and questioned how such retrospective punishment is enacted.

The veteran Dublin goalkeeper missed Tuesday night's Leinster quarter-final victory over Clonkill and will sit out Ballyboden's provincial semi-final against Coolderry on Sunday week back in Parnell Park after the county board's CCCC issued a two-game ban on foot of an incident in the county final.

Kilmacud Crokes forward Marc Howard was injured in the clash and requires surgery on his knee although Maguire escaped without any sanction at the time.

"It's more disappointing than anything else," said Fortune.

"Rather than comment too much on it …. look, Gary's very disappointed.

"Gary is a great servant to Dublin. And I just think at times you just have to take a step back and wonder if all the games are looked at like that.

"I'm just disappointed for Gary as a person, that he'll have to the miss the game. But it's something now that's been dealt with.

"We know what the situation is."

Fortune revealed he had spoken to Howard - a former Cork under-21 hurler - the day after the match.

"He said 'look Joe, there was nothing intentional, it's part of sport'."

Pedigree

In his place, Conor O'Donoghue started against Westmeath's Clonkill and to Fortune's mind "did very well, I thought".

"For a guy who is only a young guy and again, who has represented Dublin at underage level."

As it happened, Ballyboden's duo of former Dublin senior goalkeepers, Conor Dooley and Finn McGarry, started in outfield positions in a team that also contained Conor McCormack - one of the 2005 Dublin minor squad's goalkeepers - and Simon Lambert, who played in goal for the 2006 Dublin College's Croke Cup winning team.

Of Coolderry, who beat Carlow's Mount Leinster Rangers in their quarter-final last weekend, Fortune observed: "they have serious pedigree.

"They have serious forwards. Jesus, they had a massive battle with Mount Leinster as well.

"And I don't think you have to mention that name too often in the Ballyboden dressing-room because of what happened a number of years ago (when the Carlow champions beat 'Boden in the 2013 Leinster semi-final.

"But I'd be conscious of letting lads know that this is a different setup, a different management team.

"And I'd give massive credit to (trainer) Mickey McCullough.

"Over the next couple of days, he'll do his homework with regard to stats and what the lads need to be doing.

"We'll recover on Thursday night.

"We'll get a bit done over the weekend and then we'll focus on Coolderry from then."

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