Monday 17 December 2018

'We can't get bogged down' - Donegal's Michael Murphy preparing to face Dublin at Croker

Michael Murphy warming up for Donegal. Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 7, Monaghan v Donegal. St Mary's Park, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE
Michael Murphy warming up for Donegal. Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 7, Monaghan v Donegal. St Mary's Park, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE

Conor McKeon

DONEGAL officials will seek clarity from GAA hierarchy today over the decision to fix two of Dublin’s ‘Super 8’ games for Croke Park, although the meeting is unlikely to force any change in venue.

After the CCCC confirmed the game for Saturday, July 14 at 7pm at Croke Park, Donegal confirmed they had sought a meeting “to ensure a level playing field for every team who will qualify for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final Group Stage and ensure that no team has any advantage over any other team.”

Speaking at the Irish Open yesterday in Ballyliffin, Donegal captain Michael Murphy insisted that the players were preparing to play at GAA HQ.

“We are playing in Croke Park at seven o’clock on Saturday (week) and that’s what we will be looking forward to,” he insisted.

“I know the county board and management released something but as a group of players we have to stay away, we can’t get too bogged up or too bogged down in it. Croke Park is set out in stone; we’ve known the first games are going to be Croke Park games.”

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny meanwhile, reiterated that the All-Ireland champions had no qualms on where any of their games were fixed.

“I love playing in Croke Park,” he confirmed, “but at the end of the day I just love going out there and playing Gaelic Football, wherever it may be.”

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