The Laois hurlers have been given a boost ahead of their All Ireland SHC Qualifier preliminary round game against Carlow or Antrim with the news that Willie Dunphy will be free to play.
The Clough-Ballacolla man received a straight red card late on in the Leinster SHC quarter-final loss to Wexford by referee Cathal McAllister and was handed a one-match suspension. However, he appealed the decision and using video evidence was able to show that he didn’t he connected with the ball first and didn’t deliberately strike the player with his hurley.
His red card was rescinded and his offence was downgraded from a Category 3 offence to a Category 1 offence which meant that he should have receieved a second yellow and then a red.
— Laois GAA (@CLGLaois) June 8, 2017
He’ll now be free to play against the Christy Ring Cup winners on Saturday, June 24. The game will be played at a neutral venue with the winners going forward to Round 1 of the All Ireland Qualifiers the following weekend. The Christy Ring Cup decider takes place in Croke Park on Saturday.
The Laois players have played two rounds of the league with their clubs since losing to Wexford but been training with Laois as normal. They are due to play the Kilkenny U-21s and Limerick in practice games in the next couple of days.