Friday 26 May 2017

Weather favours con

Louth’s first-round clash with Wicklow, scheduled for last week, was played in Abbotstown on Wednesday night after the initial clash in Baltinglass was postponed. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Louth’s first-round clash with Wicklow, scheduled for last week, was played in Abbotstown on Wednesday night after the initial clash in Baltinglass was postponed. Stock photo: Sportsfile

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Dublin are the main benefactors from Storms Doris and Ewan with the extreme weather allowing star forward Con O'Callaghan to be available for their EirGrid Leinster U-21 FC semi-final with Longford.

With Cuala's All-Ireland club SHC final against Ballyea on St Patrick's Day, O'Callaghan was set to miss the U-21 semi-final two days earlier, but fixture chaos on the opposite side of the draw due to an unplayable pitch has worked out in Dublin's favour.

Louth's first-round clash with Wicklow, scheduled for last week, was played in Abbotstown on Wednesday night after the initial clash in Baltinglass was postponed meaning the Wee County's quarter-final tie with Laois has been pushed back a week.

As a result, both semi-finals are rearranged for March 22 and the fixture delay, as well as a request from Dublin, means that Dessie Farrell will be able to call on O'Callaghan as they bid for four Leinster titles in a row.

Elsewhere, Limerick hurling boss John Kiely will have Tom Condon and Shane Dowling available for tomorrow's Division 1B tie with Offaly in the Gaelic Grounds.

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