Waringstown have been thrown out of the NCU Challenge Cup after the governing body ruled that Jonathan Bushe was ineligible, having not been registered by the correct date.

The former Irish international came out of retirement to help out Waringstown, after they lost both first team keepers Sam Topping and Marcus McClean with a broken thumb and finger respectively.

Jonathan Bushe and Lee Nelson

A statement from the NCU outlined their ruling.

"Jonathan Bushe played for Waringstown against Derriaghy in the Gallagher Challenge Cup on 3th July.

"Jonathan was not registered by Waringstown until 17th June making him ineligible for the competition. Waringstown is therefore deemed to have lost the match and Derriaghy has been reinstated."

Just 24 hours earlier Waringstown had paid tribute to the veteran on their social media account.

Congratulations to Jonathan Bushe who made his 400th appearance for Waringstown yesterday verus Derriaghy.

Having not played since 2016, the 42 year old answered the call after a number of injuries to our keepers.

Jonathan Bushe

The club have yet to comment publicly on the judgement, but are expected to appeal what on the face of it looks an unduly harsh punishment on The Lawn club.