Friday 15 December 2017

GAA delay decision on Limerick-Offaly clash

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA won't announce a time or venue for the Limerick v Offaly second-round football qualifier until the result of the Limerick v Wexford phase two hurling qualifier is known this weekend.

It is anticipated that the Limerick footballers -- who have home advantage -- would be on the same programme as the hurlers if the latter were to progress.

The footballers' woes have been compounded by an injury to midfielder Jim Donovan, who is expected to miss the match as a result. Stephen Lucey is also expected to miss out having sat out the Kerry defeat in the Munster semi-final.

The Laois v Kildare match has been given prime billing on July 9 with a 7.0 throw-in and will be shown live on TV3.

The Meath-Galway game has also been fixed for 7.0 and the home side will expect to have Kevin Reilly, Stephen Bray and Graham Geraghty all available. Reilly withdrew on the morning of Meath's win over Louth on Saturday with a back complaint while Bray, who was among the substitutes, was not considered for action.

Geraghty failed a fitness test on an ankle injury prior to the match, but is expected to be available for the Galway game.

London's home match with Waterford has been given a 6.30 throw-in, which may not please the Deise as it will mean that they will probably have to spend two nights in the English capital.

Venues and times for Rd 2 qualifiers (July 9 unless stated):

Antrim v Carlow, Casement Park, 2.0; Armagh v Wicklow, Morgan Athletic Grounds, 7.0; Down v Leitrim, Newry, 3.0; Laois v Kildare, Portlaoise, 7.0; Limerick v Offaly, Gaelic Grounds, TBC, Saturday/Sunday July 9/10; London v Waterford, Ruislip, 6.30; Longford v Tyrone, Pearse Park, 7.0; Meath v Galway, Navan, 7.0.

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