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Westport Utd appeal FAI decision


Ger Flanagan

WESTPORT United’s FAI Junior Cup saga has taken another twist.
The Mayo News has learned that the club has launched an official appeal against the FAI Junior Council’s decision to dismiss their ‘protest’ regarding the ineligibility of an Aisling Annacotty player in their March 10 FAI Junior Cup quarter-final defeat.
The club has confirmed that representatives will travel to Abbottstown, Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday) where the appeal will be heard.
The FAI’s Disciplinary and Control Unit will be handling Westport United and Aisling Annacotty’s submissions regarding the appeal.
This comes after it emerged that Westport United had lodged an official protest with the FAI against the Limerick outfit over fielding an alleged ineligible player a week after their clash at United Park, but it was dismissed at a hearing in Abbottstown on March 21.
Aisling Annacotty, who play in the Limerick District League, beat Westport United 2-1 after extra-time in Westport last month.
However, if Westport United were to be successful with this appeal, they could be reinstated back into the competition. The FAI Junior Cup Final is due to be played on Saturday, May 11.
Coincidentally, a successful protest was also lodged by Dublin outfit Sheriff YC against Regional United who knocked them out in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Sheriff YC were reinstated at the expense of the Limerick side at the hearing in Abbottstown over an irregularity concerning an International Transfer Clearance, but the Limerick outfit are also appealing that decision tomorrow.