Friday 20 April 2018

GAA to reject Dubs' plea for neutral venue for Tipp clash

Dublin chairman Sean Shanley. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin chairman Sean Shanley. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin's calls to have their All-Ireland SHC qualifier with Tipperary refixed for a neutral venue are set to fall on deaf ears.

Dublin chairman Sean Shanley claimed it was an "insult" to Dublin to send them to Semple Stadium to face the All-Ireland champions and insisted they were told the game would be played at a neutral venue.

And when the tie was fixed to be part of a double-header with the Kilkenny-Waterford clash, Dublin indicated they would lobby the GAA to have the game moved. However, even though it has been established practice, the rules don't expressly state games at this stage should be at neutral venues.

Meanwhile, Down star Connaire Harrison has been cleared to play in Sunday week's Ulster final clash with Tyrone, while Mayo expect to find out this evening if Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan will be fit for Saturday's qualifier away to Clare.


Manager Stephen Rochford is confident that the centre-back will recover from a shin injury picked up in the 2-21 to 1-13 qualifier win over Derry at the weekend. Keegan is expected to train with the squad in Castlebar this evening, alleviating fears he might miss Saturday's trip to Ennis.

Rochford is confident that Mayo have the squad this summer to deal with any injuries as they arise.

His bench made a telling impact on Saturday with subs Conor Loftus and Jason Doherty finding the net, and Rochford said that Mayo's appetite is as strong as ever.

"If guys can't prove their fitness we're absolutely delighted with the squad and someone else will step in. Diarmuid O'Connor came off the bench, Seamie O'Shea came off the bench, guys with great mileage. Jason Doherty, really experienced players, so I've no concerns as regards the real appetite that we'll have," said Rochford.

Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien has confirmed that the county will not try to have Brendan Murphy's latest red card rescinded in an attempt to have him available to face Leitrim on Saturday.

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