Saturday 17 March 2018

prenty defends minor reshuffle

GALWAY are miffed at losing home advantage for next Sunday's Connacht minor football semi-final against Mayo in order to facilitate a double-header in Roscommon with the provincial senior replay between London and Leitrim, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

But Connacht Council say Galway are not the only ones to suffer and have benefited from the same procedure before.

"We have a practice of moving minor matches if it is possible to put them as a curtain-raiser with our senior games," Connacht secretary John Prenty explained.

"In 2005 Sligo played Galway's minors in Pearse Stadium and the following year Sligo had to go back there because it was a curtain-raiser for the Galway/Sligo senior game.

"Sligo's minors, for example, were due to play Roscommon in Markievicz Park last weekend but also lost home advantage because it became the curtain-raiser in Carrick-on-Shannon."

He said Connacht Council were "very happy" with the 7,698 attendance in Pairc Sean last weekend and believe adding the minor game to Sunday's replay will ensure a similar crowd. Extra-time applies, if necessary, to both games.

Irish Independent

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