Saturday 1 October 2016

Eirgrid Leinster under-21 football final between Dublin and Kildare rescheduled

Published 22/03/2016 | 09:44

Aaron Byrne and Glenn O'Reilly, Dublin, celebrate after beating Laois in the semi-final
Aaron Byrne and Glenn O'Reilly, Dublin, celebrate after beating Laois in the semi-final

THE Leinster Council has been forced to switch the venue and date for its EirGrid U21 football final between Dublin and Kildare, which will now take place in Navan's Páirc Tailteann on Saturday week (2.0) rather than the previous Wednesday in Portlaoise.

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"Plans to stage the match on Wednesday week at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise were reviewed (yesterday) due to remedial work taking place on the pitch at O’Moore Park," a Leinster statement outlined.

"In the absence of a suitable, neutral floodlit venue it was decided to arrange the match for Saturday, April 2 in Navan. Extra-time, if necessary, will be played."

It all translates into a hectic week for Dublin GAA diehards. The U21 final will be followed later that Saturday evening by the NHL quarter-final between Dublin and Limerick at Parnell Park (7.0), with Jim Gavin's senior footballers wrapping up their regulation Division 1 campaign away to Roscommon on the Sunday afternoon.

Dublin chairman Seán Shanley viewed the new arrangement as the best solution in the circumstances, saying: "At least you can go to the hurling on Saturday night and Roscommon the next day."

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