Galway forward set to miss All-Ireland senior final after U21 red card as Tipp player cleared for decider

Updated Aug 15th 2018, 12:45 PM

GALWAY SENIOR PANELLIST Brian Concannon is set to be suspended for Sunday’s All-Ireland final after being sent-off in last week’s U21 semi-final while Tipperary’s Mark Kehoe has been cleared to play in their upcoming U21 decider against Cork.

Contrasting fortunes for Tipperary’s Mark Kehoe and Galway’s Brian Concannon.

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There was contrasting  fortunes for Galway’s Concannon and Tipperary’s Kehoe who had hearings last night in the wake of the red cards they received in last week’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds

Kehoe was cleared to play in the decider against Cork in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday 26 August while Concannon’s dismissal was upheld.

Mark Kehoe has had his red card against Galway rescinded and is clear to play in the All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final against Cork

— Tipperary GAA (@TipperaryGAA) August 14, 2018

Source: Tipperary GAA/Twitter

Statement from GAA Central Hearings Committee (14/08/2018) – Hearing 1 of 2: Brian Concannon pic.twitter.com/HkPDegjMqp

— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 15, 2018

Source: The GAA/Twitter

Concannon was sent-off in the first half of Galway’s semi-final loss for ‘striking with a hurley, with minimal force’ and the CHC found the infraction proven and imposed the penalty of a two-week suspension in the same code and same level.

The two-week ban was handed out for each applicable one-match suspension in the case of a player exiting an underage grade. As Concannon is not U21 next year and Galway have not reached the final, his ban applies to the same code (hurling) and same level (inter-county).

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Concannon has the option of appealing against the decision of the CHC (Central Hearings Committee) by taking his case to the CAC (Central Appeals Committee).

The Killimordaly club man has emerged as a young attacking prospect this season at senior level. He started in their Leinster round-robin ties against Offaly and Kilkenny, scoring 2-1 from play against the Faithful, before coming on as a sub against Wexford and in the Leinster final against Kilkenny. Since then he has been part of the squad for the replay win over Kilkenny and the two-game All-Ireland semi-final saga with Clare.

Kehoe was dismissed in the second half of Tipperary’s victory for ‘behaving in an way which is dangerous to an opponent’. After requesting a hearing, the CHC found that infraction was not proven.

The decision is a major boost to the fortunes of the side managed by Liam Cahill with Kehoe having scored 1-1 in the semi-final success before he was sent-off.

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