Wednesday 25 April 2018

Green light for Lilies' challenge

Kildare's senior footballers will play a challenge match next Saturday but they will not be contravening the rules regarding the off-season, as the game has been sanctioned.

Indeed, GAA president Christy Cooney is expected to watch the Lilywhites take on a Patricians selection at St Conleth's Park as part of the Newbridge school's Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The one proviso laid down to give the event the thumbs up was that Kieran McGeeney would not select a full-strength team.

Nonetheless, it is sure to be a welcome workout and a first opportunity to give new selector John Rafferty an opportunity to see some of his players in action, albeit with a number of them in the opposition camp for the day.

This is the second time Kildare have received a sanction to play a challenge during the two-month ban on training and matches, having played New York in Gaelic Park in December two years ago.

The Patricians will be able to call on players of the calibre of Johnny Doyle, Peter Kelly, Anthony Rainbow and Ronan Sweeney. They will be managed by other former pupils John Crofton, Sos Dowling and Dermot Earley, under the guidance of college legend Bosco Mulhare.

Irish Independent

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