Wexford and Oulart-The Ballagh defender Shaun Murphy is clear to play for his club's crucial second round championship game against Cloughbawn on Friday.

The versatile Murphy, a key figure in Davy Fitzgerald’s county set-up, was shown a red card for a striking offence when Oulart fell to St Martin’s in the club’s SHC opener at Chadwicks Wexford Park recently, the first club game televised live on TG4.

He later had a one-match ban imposed.

However, Oulart appealed that process and the suspension was last night overturned, thanks in part to Murphy’s fellow Wexford team-mate and St Martin’s player, Rory O’Connor attended the appeal and gave evidence that no striking offence was made by Murphy against him.

Video evidence was also studied with Wexford disciplinary chiefs ruling, upon inspection, that Murphy had no case to answer and was free to play this weekend.

Oulart-the-Ballagh say they are grateful to O’Connor for attending the meeting.

Friday’s do-or-die game is a crucial one for both Cloughbawn and Oulart – whichever side loses will see their championship aspirations end.

Last time out Oulart pushed St Martin’s before losing 5-19 to 3-16.

And at the weekend Cloughbawn also fell to the Martin's on a 0-23 to 0-15 scoreline.