Thursday 22 August 2019

Galway's Kieran Molloy felt 'cheated by the GAA' over fixture fiascos

Kieran Molloy in action for Corofin. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Kieran Molloy in action for Corofin. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

GALWAY star Kieran Molloy admitted he feels "cheated by the GAA" over the fixture fiascos which saw him forced to ignore player welfare and play two high-profile games in quick succession.

Molloy was forced to jump in a car and travel from Tullamore - where Corofin played their All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final - to Santry to play with his college NUIG in their 2018 Sigerson Cup final defeat to UCD.

A similar situation arose this season where Molloy played an All-Ireland club semi-final against Gaoth Dobhair the day before a Sigerson Cup semi-final and the rampaging wing-back believes such "nonsense" isn't good enough.

"I definitely feel cheated by it, especially the first year like. It was only 20 minutes I got and we lost that final by a point. I felt very hard done by, like. Definitely did, by the GAA," Molloy said.

"This year, they did put it off by a day I think but still it wasn't enough time. It could have been put off by a week, at least."

The 22-year-old feels lip service is being paid to player welfare and he hopes common sense will prevail to avoid it happening again.

"They didn't take player welfare into account there at all, there was no consideration for the players that were involved," Molloy said.

"Just know the fixtures in advance, it's nonsense how it wasn't sorted. I'm hopeful that it won't happen again, if we get as far in club and in college."

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