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Ballyboden star fails in bid to overturn ban for tomorrow's All-Ireland senior club final

Midfielder Declan O’Mahony won’t play any part at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.

O'Mahony receiving red in February's semi-final.
O'Mahony receiving red in February's semi-final.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S will be without experienced midfielder Declan O’Mahony when they take to the field for tomorrow’s All-Ireland senior club football final.

The Dublin club meet Castlebar Mitchels at Croke Park on Thursday afternoon (4pm) when they will bid to win their first title.

O’Mahony was shown a red card in the semi-final extra-time win over Clonmel Commercials and received a one-match ban.

After the decision was upheld by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) and Central Appeals Committee (CAC), a request for interim relief was lodged with the Disputes Resolutions Authority (DRA) in a final attempt to lift the suspension by seeking a hearing at a later date.

However, in a statement released this afternoon, the DRA refused the request “on the grounds that the balance of convenience did not favour its award”, adding that “the decision of the CHC and CAC was not irrational or unreasonable in imposing the minimum suspension to the infraction”.

Although he is now certain to miss tomorrow’s final, the player has been offered the chance to lodge an appeal in the next seven days.

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