The GAA’s disciplinary wheels sure turn slowly but they do eventually turn. When the CCCC finally managed to stir themselves to meeting last night to consider the incident involving Tyrone’s Conor Gormley in that bad-tempered All-Ireland quarter-final against Monaghan, they imposed a one-match suspension on the three-times All-Star for his altercation with Monaghan’s Dessie Mone as the teams were leaving the field at half-time.
This is the incident in question:
Having looked closely at it a number of times, it seems to me that Gormley – who has done plenty of unsavoury stuff in his time – is being unfairly punished in this instance. Mone appears to have a hold of his hand and it looks as if Gormley does no more than forcefully push his hand away. Tyrone are said to be considering an appeal and you’d have to think that they have at least a reasonable case for doing so. That said, after all the ballyhoo arising from the Sean Cavanagh rugby tackle, it could well be the case that the GAA are hell-bent on sticking something on Tyrone, with Gormley the resultant fall-guy.
If the combative Carrickmore man is ruled out of our semi then it’s a serious loss for them. Gormley, now aged 32, is a vastly experienced performer – with All-Ireland medals from 2005, 2005 and 2008 – and his absence will greatly weaken their backline. Martin Penrose – sent off for a punch on Mone just after the Gormley incident – won’t really be missed by Gormley sure will. As a result, I’d say they’ll do everything they can to get him off the hook for the 25th. As this report in the Irish Times notes, the CCCC has only “proposed” that Gormley serve a one-match ban and so the player can appeal to the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) and, if necessary, take his case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).
Irrespective of how that one plays out, the bad news for the Red Hand doesn’t appear to end there as it’s also reported that another stalwart, Joe McMahon, is a doubt for Sunday week due to a long-standing groin problem. Never the most mobile of performers, I thought Joe Mc looked positively static in the Meath and Monaghan games and he was taken off in the second half of the latter match. From the sounds of that report, however, it seems that this is a problem that’s just being kept under close observation and I’d say there’s every chance that the Omagh man – who has Celtic crosses from 2005 and 2008 – will line out for them on Sunday week.