DRA set to make final ruling on Minor semi final debacle

The ongoing Minor championship semi final saga between Clan Na Gael and the Mid Louth combination side looks set to finally conclude this Thursday when the DRA (Dispute Resolutions Authority) will make a final ruling on whether the game is to be replayed or not.

The ongoing Minor championship semi final saga between Clan Na Gael and the Mid Louth combination side looks set to finally conclude this Thursday when the DRA (Dispute Resolutions Authority) will make a final ruling on whether the game is to be replayed or not.

Last week the DRA overturned the ruling of the Hearings Committee, which had granted a replay to Clan Na Gael. However the Dundalk club lodged a counter appeal on the night and it was decided that the DRA will make the final judgement at a meeting in the Carrickdale Hotel this Thursday at 7.30pm.

The minor final was originally supposed to have been played before the county final back in September, however an appeal and subsequent counter appeal from Clan Na Gael brought the situation to its present position.

The debacle originally arose after the semi final between the two sides in Dowdallshill. At the conclusion of the match the referee had the game as a one point victory for the O’Connell’s combination side.

Yet almost immediately after the match there was concern from some of those in attendance that the match had actually finished a draw.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat yesterday, Clan Na Gael PRO Maurice Harrison expressed his relief that the whole situation will be coming to an end.

“It’s been ongoing for the past 7-8 weeks now and we’re just happy that it will come to a conclusion on Thursday night.

“We all feel sorry for all the young players caught up in it - on all sides. But we feel we pursued it for the correct reasons and in the right manner,” added Harrison.

Speaking about the potential outcome of the meeting, the Clan Na Gael PRO was clear that the outcome on Thursday will be binding.

“The DRA have the power to make the ruling and we nelieve we’ll get a fair hearing and accept the outcome.”