Derry handed boost as Gareth McKinless has 48-week ban halved

Trouble erupted after Slaughtneil beat Ballinderry in last year's Derry SFC final
Ballinderry were infuriated by Slaughtneil's controversial late winning goal in last year's Derry SFC final

Ballinderry defender Gareth McKinless will be available for Derry's Ulster SFC semi-final on 27 June after having a 48-week suspension halved.

McKinless and club-mates Aaron Devlin and Michael Conlan picked up 12-month bans following disturbances at last year's Derry county football final.

Conlan later had his ban overturned while Devlin's suspension was reduced to eight weeks.

McKinless had his suspension cut by the Ulster Council earlier this week.

The Shamrocks man last week had two of his concurrent 48-week bans overturned by the Disputes Resolution Authority.

It's believed that the last of the three suspensions saw his punishment reduced to that of 'minor physical interference' of an official, which saw ban cut to 24 weeks, beyond time already served.

McKinless, who made an excellent championship debut against Donegal last year, will go straight back into the squad ahead of the 27 June meeting with either the Ulster holders or Armagh, who play this weekend.

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