Monaghan forced out of 'home' tie
MONAGHAN GAA chiefs were remaining tight-lipped today following a dramatic disciplinary twist to last week's on-field row with Kildare.
The Central Hearings Committee has decided against imposing a €5,000 fine proposed by the CCCC -- and instead ruled that Monaghan must travel to Louth for their next 'home' NFL Division Two game on March 11.
Monaghan secretary Sean McKenna was maintaining a strict "no comment" line when contacted today, while chairman Paul Curran would only say Monaghan are "considering" their options, with no decision yet on any potential appeal to the CAC. The clear inference is that the CHC doesn't view fines as a sufficiently strong disincentive. It remains to be seen whether Kildare, Cork and Armagh (all due to contest similar €5,000 fines) will now press ahead with their CHC hearings.
Meanwhile, Dromid Pearses have been banned from representing Kerry at provincial or national level for the next three years. This follows a hearing on Friday night, when the south Kerry club had their proposed €2,000 fine halved by the CHC.
KERRY manager Jack O'Connor has lamented the "devastating blow" suffered by David Moran after the midfielder suffered his second cruciate injury in ten months.
Moran severed his ACL while training with his club, Kerins O'Rahillys. The doomsday diagnosis was confirmed on Saturday: the damage is to the same left knee he injured playing against Monaghan last spring, and the 23-year-old (who was expected to make his comeback in the next few weeks) will now miss the rest of the season. "It's a devastating blow because he had worked so hard to get back. For it then to all get snatched away again, it's cruel," said O'Connor.
SUPERSUB Doireann O'Sullivan scored the crucial goal as Cork maintained their 100 per cent start to Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL with a hard-fought 1-8 to 0-8 victory over Dublin at Ballyboden yesterday.
LADIES NFL - Div 1: Tyrone 2-15 Kildare 4-6, Monaghan 1-8 Meath 0-8, Dublin 0-8 Cork 1-8, Laois 3-12 Donegal 1-3. Div 2: Kerry 3-15 Cavan 0-4, Clare 5-11 Galway 3-20, Waterford 3-10 Mayo 3-13, Tipperary 4-12 Fermanagh 2-10. Div 3: Roscommon 3-12 Sligo 6-10, Armagh 2-10 Leitrim 2-8, Wicklow 2-5 Down 4-8, Westmeath 5-14 Wexford 2-8.