United Church League side Mid-Sutton Sportslink have been stripped of their Leinster Football Association Junior Shield win after a Straffan AFC protest was adjudicated on by the LFA
The decider was initially played on May 5 and finished 1-0 in favour of Mid Sutton Sportslink when Substitute Richard Bergin grabbed the only goal of the game five minutes from time.
However, post the result the defeated team lodged a protest with the LFA. Straffan argued Midsutton had fielded a player under a false name and an appeal was lodged.
After hearing the protest and carrying out an investigation LFA awarded the Shield to the Kildare side.
Straffan released a statement on May 27th 2019 revealing as much.
“Straffan AFC have been awarded the 2019 Leinster Football Association junior shield title following a successful protest in recent days.
“The North Kildare Club were narrowly beaten in the Final on the 5th May at the MDL grounds by an 87th minute winner against LSL side Mid Sutton Sportslink. However following the game information came to hand regarding the alleged fielding of an ineligible player by Mid Sutton and Straffan set about forming their protest which was submitted to the LFA. The Protest was heard on Monday last and the decision relayed to both clubs.
“Straffan AFC are mindful of Mid Sutton’s right of appeal therefore celebrations will be put on hold until such time as avenues of appeal are exhausted if desired”.
Due to the fact Mid-Sutton could appeal the North Kildare were not officially confirmed Shield winners until this weekend.
In a second statement the club revealed,
“Straffan A.F.C have officially been informed that after an extensive investigation by the Leinster Football Association our protest against Mid-Sutton Sportslink F.C. in the Leinster Junior Shield Final has been successful.
Having lost narrowly on the day it became apparent that our opponent had played a player under a false name, an official of their club had signed the signature check sheet in place of the player. Our club had no option but to lodge a protest.
“We feel it was against the spirit of the competition and unfair to us and all the clubs that participated. We would like to congratulate all our players, management, committee and supporters. A special thanks to the executive of the Kildare & District Football League who assisted us in our efforts.
“The Leinster Football Association have informed us they will make an official presentation of the shield to our team in the near future”.