Thursday 22 March 2018

A club v county dispute is threatening to derail Mayo's All-Ireland final preparation

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

For the third time in five seasons Mayo will play in the All-Ireland football final but the team's preparation for the decider is set to be interrupted by a round of club championship fixtures this weekend.

The final round of group stage games are fixed for Saturday and Sunday, the same weekend that sees Dublin take on Kerry at Croke Park in the second semi-final to determine who Mayo will play on September 18.

Speaking on Off The Ball on Newstalk last night, David Brady called the decision to play club championship games this weekend as 'kamikaze', an opinion he reiterated on Twitter along with former team-mate Billy Joe Padden.

Interestingly, Mayo star Ger Cafferkey - who is currently off the panel having suffered a hamstring injury earlier this year - posted a lengthy message on Twitter expressing a similar sentiment.

As it stands, the presence of club fixtures this weekend will eliminate the advantage in preparation that Mayo have over their final opponents, since Stephen Rochford's men played their semi-final a week earlier.

Cafferkey feels that unless the club games are rescheduled, the county team's preparation will be negatively impacted.

It will be interesting to see whether the Mayo county board listen to the growing calls for postponement from high profile figures on the matter.

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