Saturday 10 December 2016

Cusack Park in Ennis to host All-Ireland U-21 football decider

Published 19/04/2016 | 02:30

UCD’s Ciara Murphy receives the LGFA Player of the Month award for March from Sean Reid, Deputy General Manager of The Croke Park Hotel, and LGFA president Marie Hickey. Photo: Sportsfile
UCD’s Ciara Murphy receives the LGFA Player of the Month award for March from Sean Reid, Deputy General Manager of The Croke Park Hotel, and LGFA president Marie Hickey. Photo: Sportsfile

Cusack Park in Ennis will host the EirGrid All-Ireland U-21 football final on Saturday April 30.

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The recently revamped Clare venue was given the green light to stage the decider after Cork saw off Monaghan and Mayo beat Dublin in last Saturday's semi-finals. The throw-in will be at 6.0 and TG4 will broadcast the game live.

Semple Stadium will host a double-header the following day, with the league decider between Clare and defending champions Waterford (3.30) being preceded by the division one camogie final between Galway and Kilkenny (1.30).

Both of these games will also be shown live by TG4.

Meanwhile, the GAA have sold more than 50,000 tickets for Sunday's league finals which see Kerry take on Dublin in the division one decider and Tyrone tackle Cavan in the division two final. The matches will be followed by a 'Laochra' show which will commemorate the 1916 Rising.

The final attendance is now expected to surpass the 59,703 that watched the 1993 replay between Dublin and Donegal, and is well above the 31,000 that watched last year's decider.

The division three final between Clare and Kildare (6.0) and the division four decider that sees Antrim face Louth (4.0) take place on Saturday night also at headquarters.

The Lilies have been boosted ahead of that decider by the return of Morgan O'Flaherty to the squad after taking some time away from the inter-county scene.

Manager Cian O'Neill has added Shane McNamara to the squad as well as U-21 players Ben McCormack, Con Kavanagh and Chris Healy.

However, Kildare will have to plan without Daniel Flynn for the clash with the Banner this weekend. Flynn picked up a hamstring injury when in action against Tipperary in round six of the league and he will miss Saturday night's final and is considered a major doubt for the county's Leinster SFC opener against Wexford on May 21 in Croke Park.

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