Shelbourne boss Martin Murray has confirmed that the FAI u19 Disciplinary Committee this week ruled to fine the Reds and remove them from the Enda McGuill Cup – re-instating Drogheda United in the process – following an administrative error on the day of the semi-final clash between the two sides at the Chanel Centre in Coolock.
Murray also confirmed that his club will appeal this decision, with the requisite paperwork set to be lodged with the FAI before the 1pm deadline on Friday February 14th. The club was fined €500 for their error with the lodgement of the appeal set to cost the Tolka Park outfit another €500.
Shelbourne had originally defeated Drogheda 3-1 in a dramatic game that contained two own goals, three red cards, numerous bookings and required extra-time to separate the sides. This result booked the Reds’ passage to their second Enda McGuill Cup final in two seasons, with Cobh Ramblers the opposition in this season’s decider on March 30th.
However, this exertion could now prove to be in vain as Shelbourne were found to be in breach of FAI regulations due to an administrative error concerning their team-sheet on the day of the semi-final.
“We scrutinised the paperwork and felt there might be something in there worth looking it, so we decided to launch an appeal,” Murray told loi19.com.
“One or two people at the club who have been involved in such cases before have had a look at it and have picked out some parts which were sent over to the club solicitor to examine further. He should be in touch tomorrow before the appeal deadline.
“Of course we have considered the financial costs of taking this action,” he added, “but given all the effort put in by the players so far, if there’s any hope of salvaging the situation we feel it’s worth pursuing.”
Continue reading my interview with Martin Murray on loi19.com.