Farrell free to face Galway

Farrell free to face Galway
Thomastown attacker, Jonjo Farrell is free to play with Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League against Galway on Sunday.

Thomastown attacker, Jonjo Farrell is free to play with Kilkenny in the Allianz National Hurling League against Galway on Sunday.

At a meeting last night, Kilkenny were successful with their appeal to have the red card he was shown against Dublin in the last round rescinded.

Farrell was red carded in the 23rd minute when he tangled with Dublin full-back, Michael Carton. It appeared a harsh decision to send off Farrell, and that was the view taken by the Appeals Committee.

Kilkenny, and Farrell, were going well at the time of the dismissal. The Dubs were leading by 0-8 to 1-4 when playing with the strong wind, and after reorganising their forces well, they powered on to a good 0-25 to 3-11 victory, their second in the competition.

This was Dublin’s first win at Nowlan Park in 51 year and it left them on top of the Division IA league table.

Defeat left Kilkenny grouped with Cork, Galway and Tipperary on two points each. All still have a chance of making the quarter-finals, or, if results go against them, dropping into the relegation zone.

Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, will be thrilled to have Farrell available, especially at a time when Kilkenny are short some top stars, including the Ballyhale Shamrocks continent who are preparing for the All-Ireland club senior final against Kilmallock (Limerick) on St Patrick’s Day.