Austin Gleeson sent off again as Mount Sion reach Waterford semi-final 2 months ago

Austin Gleeson sent off again as Mount Sion reach Waterford semi-final

What odds the authorities are asked to look at these decisions closely again.

Austin Gleeson was having another fine game for his club until two yellow cards ended his involvement and made for a tense finish.

Mount Sion are through to the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals but, for the second game running, they finished the game without Gleeson.

The inter-county star was given his marching orders, when two yellow cards added up to a red, late in the day as Mount Sion defeated local rivals De La Salle 3-18 to 2-17.

Gleeson had only been cleared to face De La Salle on Friday after the red card he received early on in his club's second round defeat to Roanmore, on August 8, was rescinded. The 2019 Young Hurler of the Year was sent off by referee Thomas Walsh, after he consulted with his linesman, for what was deemed to be a high shoulder on Roanmore's Brian Nolan.

Mount Sion, who are chasing their first Waterford SHC title since 2006, contested the decision and Gleeson had his card rescinded, freeing him up for the last eight clash.

Austin Gleeson takes a sideline cut for Waterford in June 2018. (Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile)

De La Salle had reached the final in two of the last three years and led 0-13 to 2-6 at the break, only for a flurry of Mount Sion scores to turn the game on its head.

Gleeson and his teammate Martin O'Neill were to the fore as Sion scored 1-9 in the opening 12 minutes of the second half, racing clear 3-15 to 0-15. Gleeson was contributing from play [popping over four points] but De La Salle made it a tight-run affair with two goals in the final 15 minutes.

Moments after stretching his side's lead to four points, Gleeson was given his marching orders after going into the referee's book for a second time.

It remains to be seen whether Mount Sion opt to contest Gleeson's latest red card but the fact that it was two yellows should see the 25-year-old avoid any suspension.

Ballygunner and Passage won their quarter final clashes, on Saturday, with Lismore taking on Abbeyside on Sunday evening to determine the last of the 2020 Waterford SHC semi-finalists.