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A sorry day as decider hits skids

THE old craft suffered a bad blow when the National Hurling League Division 3A final didn't go ahead on Sunday.

It was a sad day for the sport and it reflected badly on those that sit in the cockpit up in Monaghan.

Barry McGuigan hailed from Clones. His Dad, Pat, built him a homemade gym. It led to the chance of a lifetime.

On a summer's evening in Loftus Road, Barry became champion of the world. Hopefully all his friends and neighbours got to see the one moment in time.

Or perhaps there was a full set of Intermediate Football fixtures set for the same night. In Barry's language, Monaghan delivered a knock-out blow to hurling.

And the noble men of Fingal were in no mood to parade the trophy around the towns and villages of the North County.

The 11,000 attendance for the National League Football semi-finals in Croke Park had everybody talking.

"You could have put the entire Cork support in a mini-bus," quipped Colm O'Rourke.

The Royal commander said it would be better to stage these games outside of the big house.

"There would have been much bigger crowds if, say, the Cork v Down match was held in Páirc Uí Rinn on a Saturday night and the Kerry-Mayo clash was in Tralee on a Sunday afternoon. Let the league positions determine who gets home advantage in the semi-final."

DANNY SUTCLIFFE was the last man standing in O'Connor Park as the Dublin 13 earned a replay.

"Do you think this one-man full-forward line will catch on," smiled Des Cahill to Anthony Daly.

"It might Des, it might. God, I hope we haven't given Davy Fitz any ideas," responded the Banner man.

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