Controversy has struck this year’s Sigerson Cup after IT Sligo and Queens University have been expelled from this year’s competition.
RTÉ report that Both IT Sligo and Queens University have been found to have fielded ineligible players in their opening round match, in which IT Sligo beat the Belfast college on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-08.
The controversy arose after Queens had challenged the result and lodged an appeal over the eligibility of IT Sligo player, Stephen Doak.
Doak was found to be ineligible because he was deemed not to be a full-time student. However, the story took a turn for the worst for Queens after the GAA’s Higher Education Authority also ruled that three players for the Belfast university were ineligible.
They were Stranmillis University College students Ciarán O’Hanlon, Tony Donnelly and Greg McCabe.
However, Queen’s argue that Stranmillis is a constituent college of their university. They believe that students are entitled to represent the university on the basis that they hold a validly-issued student card and that all students at the Stranmillis College hold cards issued by QUB.
As a result of both teams being thrown out of the competition, UCC are put straight through to the semi-finals where they will face either IT Carlow or University of Limerick.
Both Queens University of Belfast and IT Sligo have until Saturday to appeal the decision.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena