Wicklow in hot water over ineligible player
Furlong lined out in Antrim after being sent off in O’Byrne Cup
WICKLOW G.A.A. will be keeping fingers crossed that they will not be punished for playing Seánie Furlong in their opening league game against Antrim two weeks ago.
The Kiltegan man had picked up a straight red card two weeks earlier in their final O’Byrne Cup game where they were defeated by Louth in Drogheda.
Apparently Wicklow were either informed or under the impression that an O’Byrne Cup red card sending off did not carry over to the league and would only click in for the 2010 O’Byrne Cup.
Seánie Furlong, who is Wicklow’s top forward at the moment, tore the Antrim defence apart in the league match two weeks ago, particularly in the second-half and his two goals were the key to the Garden county securing a vital draw with the Saffrons.
On Saturday last it transpired that Wicklow may have erred in playing Furlong in the league opener and consequently he sat out the second round game and draw with Waterford at Aughrim at the weekend.
The matter is due to come before Croke Park’s Competitions Control Committee when it meets and it is hoped that Wicklow will not be punished for what at worst was faulty advice or a decision made in good faith.
Elsewhere, Wicklow G.A.A. will be hoping that national media reports that they are in danger of losing the sponsorship of Ballymore Properties do not prove correct.
Seán Mulryan, the owner of Ballymore Properties who lives in West Wicklow, and his company came on board with sponsorship over two years ago to coincide with the arrival of Mick O’Dwyer as manager of the county football team.
Mulryan, whose building empire now extends beyond Ireland’s shores, has already ended a decade-long backing of his native Roscommon and this has fuelled speculation that sponsorship of Wicklow could also be terminated as the economic downturn continues to impact severely on the property market.
Unconfirmed reports say that Ballymore’s sponsorship of Wicklow football runs into several tens of thousands of euro and its loss would be a severe blow.