Monday 23 April 2018

Kildare boss Murphy questions decision to make minors play twice in five days

Daragh Conchir

KILDARE minor football manager Bryan Murphy has questioned how serious the GAA is about player welfare after yesterday's announcement that whoever emerges from the thrilling saga between the young Lilywhites and their Dublin counterparts will be asked play twice in five days by the Leinster Council.

The teams could not be separated in their quarter-final after 160 minutes of action and, with the Leaving Cert taking precedence, the second replay has been fixed for June 29 in Navan. The winners will play Longford in the semi-finals on July 3.

"It's a lot to ask of young lads," said Murphy yesterday.

"It throws up the whole issue of player welfare.

"When you think that they ban them from training together for three months from January to March because of the pressures they're under and all the rest and then, when it comes to the championship, they want to run it off in a week. It makes you wonder."

Murphy played in both the hurling and football All-Ireland minor finals for Cork in 1985 before becoming a Kildare hero by scoring the goal that clinched the county's first Leinster senior football title in 52 years in 1998.

Irish Independent

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