Loughrea's Maher likely to receive ban following county defeat

Loughrea full-forward Johnny Maher is likely to receive a ban arising from his foul play during last Sunday's Galway SHC final against St Thomas.

The Galway Competitions Control Committee are scheduled to meet tonight to review what happened during the Pearse Stadium decider and discuss the referee's report.

Maher was seen to lash out with his hurley at two St. Thomas players just after winning a 57th minute penalty for his side.

Referee Eoin Shaughnessy did not punish Maher for his off-the-ball actions despite consulting with his umpires.

The penalty was duly converted by Maher who also got away with tripping a St. Thomas player just moments after scoring his second goal of the game.

The final, which was played in an otherwise good spirit, ended in an historic 3-11 to 2-11 victory for first-time county champions St Thomas.

Videos of the striking incidents involving Maher and also an alleged stamp by St. Thomas' hat-trick hero Richie Murray have been put on YouTube, drawing thousands of views.

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