Wednesday 7 December 2016

New York win would create 'major burden'

Published 12/05/2016 | 02:30

Connacht Council secretary John Prenty. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Connacht Council secretary John Prenty. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Connacht Council secretary John Prenty admits a New York win in the football championship would impose a "major financial burden" on the province, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

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New York came within a whisker of the biggest upset in Championship history a fortnight ago when going down to Roscommon by just a point.

The council provide a significant financial boost to teams making transatlantic trips, meaning they'd have to dig deep into the coffers to fund either a New York team coming home or another Irish-based side heading to the Bronx.

The winners of the preliminary game in New York were pencilled in to travel to Carrick-on-Shannon to face Leitrim on Sunday week, and had the Exiles progressed, they'd be expected to hit serious roadblocks in bringing their team to Ireland.

"You'd have to take it at face value that if New York won they'd be playing Leitrim in Carrick on Sunday week, that's what we'd be hoping," Prenty said.

"I assume we'd have some kind of row going on at the minute if it did happen. But we'll have to wait until some day it does happen and it will probably cause a problem.

"I wouldn't like to say you'd hope New York wouldn't win but it would be a major financial burden on Connacht if they did win.

"Some day they will win and we have got to put up with that. We didn't think London would win but they beat Sligo and Leitrim a couple of years ago and got to a Connacht final. London was a bit different in that we had a huge crowd at the final and the novelty factor.

"New York would have logistical difficulties in getting over here to play and this year Leitrim would have had difficulties in getting organised to go over there in a couple of weeks."

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