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Connolly set to seek hearing on suspension

 

By Declan Bogue

Confirmation has come from an official source that Dublin attacker Diarmuid Connolly is seeking a hearing for his proposed 12-week suspension.

It was widely reported last week that Connolly had accepted the proposed suspension from the Central Competitions Control Committee following an incident where he laid a hand on a linesman - Ciaran Branagan of Down - during the Dublin-Carlow Leinster Championship clash.

That would have left him excluded from playing any part in Dublin's defence of the Leinster title, and only available for selection again in the highly likely event that Jim Gavin's men reach the All-Ireland semi-final.

This is not the first high-profile disciplinary challenge Connolly has been involved in following an escape from suspension that would have kept him out of the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo when he was involved in a physical confrontation with Lee Keegan of Mayo.

Meanwhile, Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan has emphasised the need for his players to concentrate on having as long a summer as possible following their Championship exit to Monaghan on Sunday.

The Breffni blues are drawn to face the losers of Offaly and Westmeath in the 'B' side of the qualifiers.

Former Tyrone player McGleenan stated in the aftermath of Sunday's derby game, "The important thing is that this is not the end for Cavan, we go into the qualifiers now and they can go as far as they want.

"The key is not to put the head down. We are a young team. We have a lot to learn yet, we made three or four fundamental errors out there."

In the modern era, Cavan have not been renowned as a team that have embraced the qualifiers route as they might have wished, with Croke Park visits only coming in 2013, when they beat London in a round four game, but lost to Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

McGleenan, who has won Monaghan Championships before as Scotstown manager, is eager that their journey should not end here.

"I think the summer will be fabulous for us and the more I learn about these guys the better it will be," he emphasised.

Asked if he had put all his hopes on beating Monaghan or was looking ahead in the context of a long summer, he answered: "It's not about Cavan v Monaghan, this is a football match that is in preparation for the other matches.

"It was never about Monaghan, it's about getting the best out of Cavan. I'm five or six months into my journey with this football team and I'd be delighted with what I saw today.

"I think we're not a million miles away."

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