County Board await report after latest SFC bust-up

Laois GAA were awaiting the referee’s report, expected to be with them by yesterday (Tuesday) evening, before deciding what action to take after the latest unsavoury incident to blight the Laois SFC.

Laois GAA were awaiting the referee’s report, expected to be with them by yesterday (Tuesday) evening, before deciding what action to take after the latest unsavoury incident to blight the Laois SFC.

Just before half-time in Saturday’s quarter-final clash between Portlaoise and Arles-Kilcruise, an incident took place on the sideline between rival managers Mick Lillis (Portlaoise) and Mick Byrne (Arles-Kilcruise). With players from both sides soon rushing over to the flashpoint, it lead to yet more ugly scenes as the latest instalment of the Laois SFC is dogged by controversy once again.

This incident comes a little over two weeks after two mass brawls between The Heath and Ballylinan which forced their game to be abandoned. Hefty suspensions were handed out to both players and team officials in the aftermath of that game, and it remains to be seen how severly the county board deals with this situation. With this game having been played to a conclusion, however, it seems unlikely that any potential suspensions from this game will match the severity of those which have gone before.

Sticking with all things disciplinary, and Ballylinan goalkeeper Padraig Walsh saw his two-year suspension reduced to one year by the County Hearings Committee (CHC) last Monday night. All other suspensions which were appealed on the night were upheld.

Elsewhere in SFC news, the draw for the last four took place after Arles-Killeen had defeated St Joseph’s on Sunday night, and Killeen were the first name out of the hat as they were drawn to play Graiguecullen.

Portlaoise, after getting the better of Arles-Kilcruise in their hotly contested quarter-final, must wait to find out who they will play in the last four. With Stradbally and Ballylinan finishing all-square, they will meet again this Thursday night to battle it out for a place in the last four.

See this week’s Leinster Express for full coverage of all last weekend’s SFC action