Kerry have been deducted three points in the LIDL Ladies National Football League after they fielded three unregistered players in their 2-14 to 2-16 win over Mayo in Brosna on February 4th.
The Connacht side have been given the points putting them just one point behind Donegal and Galway ahead of the final two games.
BREAKING – Kerry Ladies Footballers have lost their Lidl Ladies NFL league points picked up against @Mayo_LGFA after fielding three unregistered players in the game #lgfa #gaa #kerry @kerryladiesfoot @radiokerrysport @AngelinaNugent1 @WesternPeople
— Cóilín Duffy (@coilinduffy) March 26, 2018
In a statement from the Ladies Football Association, they that Kerry have been deducted three points from their Lidl NFL Division 1 fixture against Mayo on February 4, having found to be in breach of rule 55 of the LGFA official guide. The three points from the game have been awarded to Mayo.”
Rule 55 states that any team proved to have played an unregistered player shall be fined €100 per offending player and shall forfeit the game to their opponents and this punished was handed down to the Kingdom.
It’s understood the three players were from the same club and were registered afterwards. But it leaves Kerry on zero points and they face bottom team Westmeath this Sunday with relegation a near certainty for the losers.
Oooh, TWIST in NFL Division One! LGFA have confirmed that a Kerry registration infringement sees them docked 3 points for their win over Mayo; Mayo now get the points – boosting them to 5th – only one point behind Donegal & Galway. Interesting battle for semi-final spots ahead… pic.twitter.com/622npA3O8e
— FAIR GAME Podcast (@FairGameCast) March 27, 2018
In contrast, Mayo’s reward has put them back in the chase for a league semi-final spot and they host Donegal in Swinford on Saturday. Victory for the home team will put them into the top four with a game remaining.
However, Galway could be under pressure if they lose to Cork as they will fall outside the qualification spots should Mayo prevail. But Stephen Glennon’s charges are still expected to reach the knock out stages as they meet Westmeath in the final round.
From bankers to advance along with Cork and Dublin (both on 12 points), Donegal and Galway are suddenly looking over their shoulder. And Kerry are staring the possibility that they won’t be in the top flight in 2019.
LIDL Ladies National Football League Fixtures
Saturday, 31st March
Mayo vs Donegal (2pm Swinford Amenity Park)
Sunday, 1st April
Monaghan vs Dublin (1.30pm Clones)
GALWAY vs Cork (2pm Clonberne GAA Pitch)
Kerry vs Westmeath (2pm Venue TBC)
Saturday, 7th April
Dublin vs Kerry (Details TBC)
Sunday, 8th April
Mayo vs Monaghan (2pm Swinford Amenity Park)
Donegal vs Cork (2pm Venue TBC)
Westmeath vs GALWAY (Details TBC)
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