Perhaps more notable than Derry's win over Limerick in their Allianz League Division 2 encounter at the weekend was the team sheet.
Rory Gallagher’s men began their quest for promotion in a positive manner, easing to a 12-point victory at Owenbeg, with the visitors limited to just four points in the whole game.
But it was the inclusion of Conor Glass and Ethan Doherty, six days on from their All-Ireland club final defeat to Kilmacud Crokes - Conleth McGuckian was also named to start but did not feature on the night – that was a major talking point.
While Glen wait to learn their fate with the CCCC following an objection to their defeat at Croke Park, Derry manager Rory Gallagher decided to select Glass and Doherty.
The hearing is to take place at 7pm this evening, with a verdict expected in the next 24 hours, but possibly as early as tonight.
.@whelo35 can't fathom why Conor Glass and Ethan Doherty played for Derry against Limerick on Saturday— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) January 30, 2023
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RTÉ pundit Ciarán Whelan was listening to updates of the Derry match while on his way to Castlebar on Saturday night fore the lively draw between Mayo and Connacht, and struggled to see long-term benefit in playing Glass and Doherty.
"I was sitting in the car genuinely feeling sorry for Ethan Doherty and Conor Glass for playing, and playing the full game (Doherty was replaced in the 53rd minute, Niall O'Donnell came on for Glass with two minutes remaining) ," he told the RTÉ GAA podcast.
"I was struggling to get my head around that one considering there’s 17 games possibly over 21 weeks.
"You just wonder mentally, do those guys just need a break after a difficult, difficult week?
"For Rory Gallagher, it’s a winning habit. They want to get to Division 1. They want to win an Ulster championship, they will be going gung-ho for everything."
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