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Thursday 17 January 2019

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O'Gara and ó Sé flashpoint could land pair in trouble

THE CCCC's disciplinary procedures are set to come into sharp focus this week over whether they choose to review an incident between Eoghan O'Gara and Marc ó sé at the very end of Saturday night's Croke Park clash between Dublin and Kerry.

The pair were involved in an altercation caught clearly on camera as Bryan Sheehan shaped up to a take a free into the Hill 16 end and both could have a case to answer.

However, both Dublin and Kerry would have cause to feel aggrieved if retrospective punishment is dished out after two high-profile cases were ignored by the CCCC last week.

O'Gara himself was involved in an incident with Cork's Pearse O'Neill although the Dublin player in this case was the victim while Ryan McMenamin could easily have been called to task for a flashpoint in Omagh during Tyrone's six-point defeat to Donegal last Saturday week.

The Evening Herald subsequently learned that there was no CCCC meeting last week and both players escaped sanction. O'Neill kicked five points from play as Cork beat Monaghan in Páirc Uí Chaoimh while McMenamin started wing-back yesterday as Tyrone got their first win of the season in Division against Sligo.

Neither moment was highlighted by broadcast rights holder, Setanta, during their post-match coverage whereas the O'Gara/ó sé was was. In the past, the CCCC has rejected accusations that it responds to an agenda set by television coverage in matters of discipline.

LEITRIM are blaming the weather gods, not the London county board, following their wasted weekend trip to the English capital.

Mickey Moran's squad flew from Belfast to London on Saturday, but torrential overnight rain left Ruislip unplayable. Two other pitches were also inspected yesterday morning, but these were in a similarly sodden state.

"We are not annoyed with anything -- it was just one of those things," said Leitrim secretary Diarmuid Sweeney. "We could have had to travel to Wicklow or Clare and the same thing could have happened."

DUBLIN panelist, James Brogan, will undergo a scan today to ascertain the damage done to his knee in a league match for club, St Oliver Plunkett's/ER, yesterday.

The Navan Road men were beaten by St Sylvester's in Martin Savage Park and Brogan - a cousin of Bernard, Alan and Paul - went down clutching his knee and was taken off.

It is unclear yet as to the extent of the injury but there are fears that Brogan may have torn his cruciate ligament - an injury with a minimum recovery time of eight to 10 months.

Brogan had only returned to training with Dublin this week after injury and played his first match back last Monday in Newcastle when Plunkett's played Dublin in a challenge match and Pat Gilroy said early last week that both James and Paul Brogan would be available for Saturday's Allianz League clash with Kerry in Croke Park, though only the latter made the bench on the night.

The versatile Brogan started both the 2010 and 2009 leagues in the Dublin starting line-up but an a broken ankle suffered in May 2009 curtailed his involvement during that season's championship.

St Brigid's Paddy Andrews was also substituted owing to injury in St Brigid's league victory over Parnell's yesterday.

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