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Freeman duo sidelined as Monaghan feel heat

By John Campbell

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney is coming to terms with the fact that he will be without the two Freeman brothers Damien and Tommy for the Gaelic Life Dr McKenna Cup.

Tommy has received a two-month suspension and Damien has been banned for four months for their part in last week's fracas which led to the county league semi-final between Magheracloone and Latton being abandoned.

As a result Damien, who is the Monaghan captain, will not only miss the McKenna Cup but will also be an absentee from the early rounds of the National League.

Magheracloone also had Peter Ward suspended for 12 months, while Francie Doogan and Paul Jones got four months each. The Monaghan Competitions Control Committee also imposed four-month bans on Latton pair Edmund Lennon and Kevin Hughes.

Monaghan boss McEnaney is particularly keen to see his side make an impressive start to the new campaign following their stunning surge into the last twelve of the All Ireland title race this year.

Meanwhile, efforts are being made to settle the strike by Cork hurlers and footballers who are totally disenchanted with their county board, it would seem, following the decision to strip the management of the right to choose their selectors.

But the teams still plan to go on their holiday to Brazil and Argentina.

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