Sunday 4 December 2016

No pitch issue with Navan, insist Meath

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Meath's Conor Gillespie is to have a knee injury assessed this week after missing a club game at the weekend
Meath's Conor Gillespie is to have a knee injury assessed this week after missing a club game at the weekend

Meath County Board have dismissed any suggestion that an issue with the condition of the pitch surface at Pairc Tailteann was behind switching the All-Ireland U21 final between Tipperary and Tyrone to Parnell Park last weekend.

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A decision was taken on the back of the ongoing remedial work to the floodlights, one of which was taken down on Monday.

Meath PRO Martin O'Halloran was adamant that the decision not to play the game in Navan was taken by the county board and not forced upon them by the GAA.

"Our engineers compiled a health and safety report and that was forwarded to Croke Park," he said. "We didn't need anyone to tell us what to do at that stage. Our hand certainly wasn't forced on the issue."

The work is expected to be completed in the coming week and will not impact on any immediate future games, O'Halloran confirmed.

In other news, Meath midfielder Conor Gillespie is to have a knee injury assessed this week after missing a club game at the weekend. Gillespie has only recently recovered from a cruciate ligament rupture but has now injured his other knee. It is not thought to be another cruciate ligament injury.

Meanwhile, Tyrone look set to take their training around the county in the build up to the Donegal game on May 17 to embellish secrecy.

They have become reluctant to use their state-of-the-art training base at Garvaghey on an exclusive basis for fear of prying eyes.

Championship training has become a covert operation in recent years, with Kerry closing the doors of Fitzgerald Stadium two years ago.

Only last September, five days before their All-Ireland final with Donegal, a 'spy' with connections to County Donegal, fell out of a tree overlooking the ground.

Donegal defender Karl Lacey admitted yesterday that tactics in the game had "moved on to another level."

Irish Independent

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