Thursday 23 March 2017

Lower-league finals a waste of time in empty Croker

Cathal Cregg was delighted by winning a national title with Roscommon.
Cathal Cregg was delighted by winning a national title with Roscommon.

Michael McCarthy

I found myself watching Fermanagh v Armagh on Saturday, a tough penance at the best of times, and just realised the utter pointlessness of such a match.

Both teams were already promoted, what were they playing for in an empty Croke Park? Are Armagh going to put '2015 Division 3 champions' right up there with their 14 Ulster titles on their honours list?

Over the past couple of days, a few people have argued this with me. Players don't get the chance to win finals with their counties all that often - Cathal Cregg on Monday's Off The Ball was delighted by winning a national title with Roscommon.

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