Greencastle issue could head to DRA

By Alan Rodgers

A DISPUTE over the destination of the 2021 Tyrone Division Two League title appears set to rumble on for some time yet.

Last month, the Tyrone Competitions Control Committee withdrew two points from Greencastle, St Patrick’s from their win over Kildress in the final match of the season.

Footage from the Greencastle camp taken in the aftermath of that key clash showed the players waiting anxiously for the result from Aghyaran’s clash against Killeeshil and then celebrating when confirmation of a win for the later came through.

That result meant that Greencastle leapfrogged Aghyaran at the top of the table, and win promotion to Division One for 2022.

But the Tyrone CCC was then asked to and did launch an investigation which centred on the Greencastle team that day which was alleged to have contained an eligible player. The player in question is believed to have been aged u-17 in 2021, thereby preventing him from lining out at adult level.

As a result, the CCC took the decision to award Kildress the match against Greencastle, thereby denying the St Patrick’s the two points they needed to win promotion.

It is understood that an Ulster Council hearing into the matter has now taken place.

As a result, it is believed that Greencastle are considering a subsequent appeal to the Disputes Resolutions Authority.

Gaelic Life also understands that the club were partially successful in their initial appeal to the Ulster Council, but that the main issue over the awarding of the two points to Kildress remains unresolved.

If their appeals are successful, then Greencastle, who are managed by former Tyrone Ulster title-winning captain, Sean Teague, would secure senior status for 2022 at the expense of Aghyaran, who as it stands at the moment are promoted to Division One.

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