Monday 23 January 2017

Wicklow fans gobble up extra tickets for Armagh tie

Published 15/07/2011 | 05:00

WICKLOW have put up the 'sold out' sign for tomorrow's qualifier replay against Armagh -- despite getting 1,000 extra tickets yesterday.

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The capacity at Aughrim was initially set at 5,000, but Wicklow's request to have that extended was successful and they received an additional allocation yesterday.

"We had them all sold them by lunchtime," revealed Wicklow chairman Mick O'Hagan yesterday. "It's a lovely complaint to have."

Armagh have received just 1,000 of the 6,000 tickets and so far have not returned any.

The Meath versus Kildare game in Navan is also an all-ticket affair and is also expected to sell out. Over 17,000 went to Pairc Tailteann last week to see Meath beat Galway.

Kildare have made one change to face Meath -- Emmet Bolton replaces Ollie Lyons at wing-back. Meath full-back Kevin Reilly is believed to be troubled with a back injury again, while Cian Ward is struggling with an ankle injury.

Donegal have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Ulster final against Derry. Midfield duo Rory Kavanagh (ankle) and Kevin Rafferty (groin) are carrying niggles, as is centre-back Anthony Thompson and they have lost Leo McLoone to a fractured eye socket.

Derry, who had Eoin Bradley ruled out this week, are delaying naming their team until throw-in.

Waterford's footballers have one enforced change for their qualifier against Limerick, with Conor Phelan replacing injured centre-back Eamonn Walsh.

Fermanagh club Belcoo O'Rahilly's will be holding a street collection outside Sunday's Ulster final to raise funds for the medical care of their club member Mark McGovern, who remains in a coma in America. McGovern (22) went to San Franciso on June 20 and five days later suffered a head injury while playing for the 'Ulster' club.

KILDARE (SF v Meath) -- S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, M O'Flaherty, E Bolton; J Doyle, H Lynch; P O'Neill, E O'Flaherty, E Callaghan; R Kelly, T O'Connor, F Dowling.

WATERFORD (SF v Limerick) -- K Cotter; M O'Gorman, T O'Gorman, K Connery; T Grey, C Phelan, W Hennessy; M Ahern, B Wall; P Whyte, S Dempsey, C O'Keeffe; S Fleming, G Hurney, P Hurney.

ARMAGH (SF v Wicklow) - B Hearty; A Mallon, B Donaghy, D McKenna; A Kernan, K Dyas, F Moriarty; J Lavery, C Vernon; J Hanratty, B Mallon, M Mackin; J Clarke, S McDonnell, M O'Rourke.

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