THE destination of the Tyrone All-County League Division Three title could well be determined by the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) in Dublin who are set to hold a hearing after a formal request was lodged by Castlederg.
St Eugene’s, who sit on the coat-tails of the current leaders Tattyreagh (trailing by one point), have been at loggerheads with the Tyrone Competition Control Committee, since they categorised their abandoned league clash with neighbours Clann na nGael earlier in the season a void game.
Omagh match official Kieran Eannetta blew up the match early after a row erupted in the closing stages. Clann na nGael had just scored two late goals to jump ahead in a fiery derby encounter when tempers boiled over, forcing the ref to call a premature halt.
Castlederg are looking the match refixed as a victory there and in their final league game of the season (at home to Glenelly) would see them leapfrog the Tatts to become league champions and so earn promotion for next year.
However they have so far been unsuccessful in their appeal firstly to the Tyrone CCC and then the Ulster Council, and so decided to take their case to the ultimate arbitration tribunal within the Association, the DRA at Croke Park.
Despite the situation being in limbo, the Tyrone CCC are set to press ahead with the last round of Division Three fixtures this Saturday night.
As things stand right now Tattyreagh will seal the league title if they can account for Owen Roes, but if the DRA rules in Castlederg’s fixture then the Tatts could yet have the silverware snatched from their grasp, and be thrust into the play-offs.
St Eugene’s had been looking for all of Saturday’s Junior League fixtures put on hold until the issue was resolved, but their request was declined. The basis of their arguement will centre on the two previous league matches this season that ended early in similarly acrimonious circumstances, involving Ardboe vs Coalisland and Derrytresk vs Pomeroy. They were both subsquently refixed.
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