Waterford defender Conor Gleeson has failed in his first attempt to be cleared for the All-Ireland final. Gleeson’s case was dismissed by the Central Hearings Committee on Monday night.
Once again, a Waterford hurler has unsuccessfully appealed a sending off as this time Conor Gleeson’s case was dismissed.
Hearing 3 of 3, Conor Gleeson: pic.twitter.com/CXVvs0xxTE
— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 21, 2017
This comes just weeks after former Young Hurler of the Year Tadhg de Búrca suffered the same fate.
As Waterford’s All-Ireland semi-final drew to a close, they suffered a massive blow as Conor Gleeson was red carded for a striking offence.
Gleeson had performed outstandingly in his man-marking role on Conor Lehane prior to the offence. Not just this, but the UCC student had been in top form all throughout the summer.
It’s little surprise that the Déise have decided to appeal the decision given how significant his loss to the side is.
Having failed in his appeal on Monday night, Conor Gleeson may now take his appeal to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee.
Should his appeal fail here once again, the DRA does once again remain an option. Whether or not Derek McGrath’s side are prepared to go through this once again remains to be seen.
As of now, however, it does appear that the Déise look set to enter the final without their designated man-marker.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena