Carlow's Turlough O'Brien, Steven Poacher and star midfielder Brendan Murphy lose appeals

It comes ahead of their Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash with Meath

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Carlow senior football manager Turlough O'Brien, coach Steven Poacher and midfielder Brendan Murphy have lost their appeals against lengthy bans, according to the Irish Independent. 

It comes ahead of their Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash with Meath in Portlaoise on Saturday but the men can still appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority. 

The Central Appeals Committee on Monday night dismissed the trio's appeals against suspensions that were slapped on them after Carlow's league loss to Down two months ago.

O'Brien was hit hardest with a 20-week suspension, with Poacher and Murphy banned for 12 weeks after an incident involving the referee in that game.

Carlow had already brought their case to the Disputes Resolution Authority - but it was reverted back to the CAC.

The county can make one more challenge to the DRA by challenging the Central Appeals Committee's decision.