Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lilywhites pull plug on Friday-night clash with Dubs

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The proposed Friday-night date for Dublin's home NFL match with Kildare has been shelved.

The Central Competitions Control Committee had originally earmarked Croke Park on March 7 for the game, with an 8.0 throw-in, but Kildare objected because of what they saw as a difficulty in getting their supporters to the venue at that time of the evening.

"We just felt that there was too much involved in getting everyone up to Croke Park on a Friday night – players, management and supporters," said Kildare chairman John McMahon.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle had indicated that his county board would be in favour of the fixture, which will now go ahead on the following night (7.0) instead.

It is the second successive year that plans for a Friday-night fixture between Dublin and Kildare have had to be cancelled.

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Last year, Kildare declined an invitation for a Friday-night game in Croke Park on the same grounds.

However, Armagh and Down's Friday night fixture on February 7 at the Athletic Grounds will go ahead.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that all four All-Ireland football quarter-finals will not be played on the same weekend in 2014.

Two of the quarter-finals will be played on Saturday/Sunday, August 2/3, with a further two on Saturday, August 9, in accordance with changes made to the way qualifier draws are run after the introduction of A and B sections.

The first qualifier games, round 1A, will be played on Saturday, June 21, a week earlier than normal, with four more 1B qualifier games on the following weekend.

Irish Independent

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