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Dub chiefs support for Friday call

DUBLIN would be open to the possibility of playing one a Leinster SFC match on a Friday evening after the idea was floated by provincial council chairman, Martin Skelly.

Jim Gavin's men face Wexford or Carlow in the provincial quarter-final, most likely to be played in Croke Park as part of a last-eight double bill with Meath versus Wicklow or Longford and Dublin GAA chiefs have already indicated they would be willing to participate in the Friday night experiment.

However, it appears that logistically, the Kildare versus Offaly quarter-final may be the best fit, the only tie of the round already determined and likely to be played in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

It was mooted that Dublin were set to play a league match against Mayo in March 2011 at Croke Park on a Friday night as part of their 'Spring Series' but Croke Park authorities put the kibosh on their plans despite agreement from both counties.

The CCCC refused to grant the fixture, with GAA Operations Manager Fergal McGill citing player welfare, the strain on travelling supporters, the unavailability of match-day volunteers and tradition as the reasons for the rejection.

However, with the Allianz League fixtures still to be finalised, Dublin may again request a possible Friday night match in light of Leinster Council's intentions to host one later in 2013.

"We're trying to come up with a suitable game for a Friday night," explained Leinster Council chairman Martin Skelly. "Obviously, it has to be a local derby so that there isn't too much travelling involved.

"There are a lot of considerations to be taken into account in terms of overall fixture planning, but we're hopeful it will work out. We believe that playing a game on a Friday night could prove very attractive.

"There are a lot of considerations to be taken into account in terms of overall fixture planning, but we're hopeful it will work out. We believe that playing a game on a Friday night could prove very attractive."

Already, Leinster Council are set to drastically revamp the O'Byrne Cup to incorporate midweek fixtures right through the month of January and moving away from the traditional straight knock-out system. The 11 competing Leinster counties will be joined by five third level colleges, with four groups of four drawn - guaranteeing all counties a minimum of three matches.


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