Conor Gleeson is out of the All-Ireland final, after picking up a red card in Waterford’s semi-final win over Cork.
The Fourmilewater star has been instrumental in Waterford’s run to the final, as they recovered from their Munster semi-final defeat with wins over Offaly, Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork.
Speaking at today’s media day ahead of the All-Ireland final, Derek McGrath ruled out the possibility of a further appeal.
Waterford not appealing Conor Gleeson one match ban. He will miss the 2017 All Ireland Final #gaa
— Darren Frehill (@Darrenfrehill) August 22, 2017
They now must look ahead to the decider without the Gleeson, as they prepare to deal with this imperious Galway side.
In the run-up to the semi-final, there was doubt in the air as to whether Tadhg de Búrca would play or not. The appeal process lasted until the 11th hour, as it was only confirmed late on Thursday night/Friday morning that he would not play.
Gleeson will of course be a loss. However, considering that there was also talk that Austin Gleeson may miss out due to a helmet-pull on Luke Meade, Waterford fans can’t feel too begrudged.
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