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Friday 23 February 2018

Lilies right to plant feet on ground

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Kildare are quite right to literally hold their ground and insist on playing their qualifier clash with Tyrone in Newbridge on Saturday, even if it means an attendance of less than half what would have been expected in Portlaoise or Tullamore.

St Conleth's Park's capacity has been cut to fewer than 8,000 under the tough safety regulations that now apply, and while that will leave thousands of supporters watching the game on RTE rather than attending, it's still the right call.

Every single team has to be given the best possible chance of advancing in the race for All-Ireland glory, so home advantage is precious. Conceding it on the basis of capacity certainly would have been a silly move by the Lilywhites.

Incidentally, isn't it odd that capacity at GAA grounds, where nobody has been hurt over the years, has been cut so drastically by the safety regulations, yet massive crowds are allowed to gather on the banks of the Boyne for music concerts?

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