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Tyrone McKenna Cup appeal succeeds

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 15:58

Mickey Harte's team were stripped of their McKenna Cup crown following irregularities on their teamsheet
Mickey Harte's team were stripped of their McKenna Cup crown following irregularities on their teamsheet

Following a successful appeal to Croke Park, Tyrone will be allowed to keep the Dr McKenna Cup despite having used unauthorised university players during the competition.  

The Tyrone County Board took their case to headquarters after the Ulster Council decided to strip the county of their title after the final last month.

Tyrone scored a big win over Donegal in that match but the provincial body subsequently ruled that a proper teamsheet has not been submitted.

Even though the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee found in favour of Tyrone it is understood the Ulster Council may pursue the issue further over matters of technical interpretation.

Tyrone had already been docked the points from their win over Derry in the competition for fielding four college players, on whom the respective universities had first call. But they still managed to top their group and qualify for the decider.

In the final at Healy Park, two of the unauthorised students were in the starting line-up, despite not being named on the team-sheet.