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Monday 23 April 2018

Vincent's elect not to appeal red card against Dubs star Brennan

St Vincent's Ger Brennan. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
St Vincent's Ger Brennan. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

ST VINCENT'S have decided not to contest the straight red card brandished to Ger Brennan on Leinster club duty last weekend.

It means the Dublin SFC champions will definitely be without their two most high-profile stars for Sunday week's AIB Leinster club SFC semi-final against Summerhill.

Diarmuid Connolly will still be serving a four-week suspension when the Meath champions come to Parnell Park, and he will be joined in the stand by Brennan following last Sunday's early dismissal for an off-the-ball incident against St Loman's in Mullingar.

Initial post-match reaction hinted at a likely hearing, with Tommy Conroy saying his centre-back was adamant he didn't strike, but now the Vins manager has revealed they won't be going down that route.

"It would end up being more of a distraction," Conroy told The Herald, "and we are happy enough to go ahead - we won't be appealing that."

With no available video evidence that might exonerate the player, the Marino outfit were keen to avoid any drawn-out disciplinary saga and instead focus all their energies on Summerhill.

Conroy also confirmed that there won't be any belated hearing sought for Connolly, who will consequently miss two Leinster rounds arising from his late straight red in the county final replay against Ballymun Kickhams.

While definitely without his two All-Ireland winning Dubs, the Vincent's boss can at least take solace from the absence of any fresh injuries emerging from their recent gruelling schedule.

WEXFORD football has lost its two longest-serving players following the retirements of David Murphy and Redmond Barry, who both joined the county squad in 2000.

"The body was starting to feel it," said Murphy, who bows out boasting the greatest number of Wexford competitive appearances (180, 47 in championship) while Barry, 32, admitted: "It's a young man's game."

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