FLASHBACK Action from the recent FAI Junior Cup quarter-final between Westport Utd and Aisling Annacotty at United Park in Westport. Pic: Conor McKeown
WESTPORT United may have exited the FAI Junior Cup at the quarter-final stage on Sunday week last against Aisling-Annacotty, but they could yet be set for a dramatic reprieve.
The Mayo News has learned that Westport United have lodged an official appeal against the Limerick outfit over fielding an alleged ineligible player in the game at United Park.
The protest is due to be heard by the FAI Junior Council in Abbottstown this evening (Thursday) with club officials set to attend to make their case.
Aisling Annacotty, who play in the Limerick District League, beat Westport United 2-1 after extra time in Westport almost two weeks ago.
However, if Westport United are successful in this appeal, they could be reinstated back into the competition.
Remarkably, a protest has also been lodged by Dublin outfit Sheriff YC against Regional United, who knocked them out in another of the FAI Junior Cup quarter-finals.
Sheriff are also alleging that the Limerick side fielded an ineligible player.
That appeal is also due to be heard today.
Back in 2005, Westport United lodged a successful appeal against another Limerick side, Carew Park, after they were found to have fielded a suspended player in their penalty shoot-out victory in the FAI Junior Cup semi-final.
After a long, drawn-out appeal process, the FAI ordered the game to be replayed with Westport United winning that refixed match 1-0.
Westport United went on to make history and won the FAI Junior Cup for their first and only time against Waterford Crystal in the final.