Monday 19 February 2018

Dublin facing All-Ireland club shut-out

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DUBLIN may not have a representative in this year's club championship should the Light Blues beat Donegal on Sunday week after the Leinster Council turned down a request for the county champions' opening fixture in the competition to be pushed back.

The Dublin champions are due to take on their Meath counterparts on October 23, but should the Dubs progress to the All-Ireland final, officials would have just four free weekends to run off their championship.

As it stands, Dublin have another five rounds of competition to get through in the senior championship and any draws would put further pressure on the already tight schedule.

"We asked for a bit of leeway but unfortunately the Leinster Council said that they were not in a position to accommodate us in any way," explained Dublin chairman Andy Kettle.

Meanwhile, Anthony Daly gave the clearest indication yet that he is prepared to stay on as Dublin hurling manager.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't awful tempted to keep going now and to build on it," said the Clare native. "There are just a few things that I need to look at. But I have to say, I do love it."

Elsewhere, Limerick will wait until the 11th hour before deciding on whether Kevin Downes is fit to play in Saturday's All-Ireland U-21 HC semi-final clash with Galway.

"I still don't know whether I can play," Downes said.

"I must see the specialist again this week and I'm getting physio on it.

"I got the bang against Cork in the Munster final but it was really in a club game two days later that I did the damage to it."

Westmeath will decide tonight whether Pat Flanagan will remain in charge of the county's senior footballers.

A specially convened meeting of the football board will decide on Flanagan's future and if he is retained, there are likely to be changes to his back-room team.

Tipperary minor football manager David Power has slammed Croke Park officials for their refusal to allow his players train at GAA HQ ahead of next Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Roscommon.

"It's a joke, laughable," he fumed. "We were told that a rule is in place for the last few years but it's a complete farce."

Irish Independent

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