Naomh Conaill await outcome of appeals

Naomh Conaill are awaiting the outcome of an appeal into a proposed suspension handed down to two of the club’s players by the Donegal Competitions Control Committee.

Naomh Conaill are awaiting the outcome of an appeal into a proposed suspension handed down to two of the club’s players by the Donegal Competitions Control Committee.

The players, Hughie Gallagher and Christopher Molloy, both face lengthy suspensions of 20 weeks.

The suspensions have been proposed by the CCC following an investigation into the incident which happened at the end of the senior reserve meeting of Naomh Conaill and St. Eunan’s, in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.

Their appeals against the suspensions were heard on Monday night in Ballybofey.

Naomh Conaill club secretary Vincent Cranley confirmed to the Democrat yesterday afternoon the outcome of those appeals.

Both Naomh Conaill and St. Eunan’s were also fined €1500 (€750 which was suspended) for their part in the incident which marred the end of the game.

Both the Naomh Conaill officials and the St. Eunan’s secretary, Charlie McAteer, confirmed that neither club were appealing the monetary fine.

The incident, which was described by a number of eye witnesses, as ‘ugly’, received both local and national headlines at the time with shocking images of St. Eunan’s player Ronan Lennon in his hospital bed.

The St. Eunan’s player suffered mainly bruising and swelling to his face and was released from hospital after receiving treatment from his injuries.

It was also later reported than an unnamed Naomh Conaill player also received treatment in Letterkenny General Hospital after the game and was also released on the night.

The incident happened in the closing minutes of the game o n 12th May after confusion over a late Naomh Conaill penalty decision.

St. Eunan’s won the game comfortably on a 4-4 to 1-5 scoreline.