Friday 23 August 2019

Parnell Park 'too tight' for senior ties - English

Dublin manager Mattie Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Mattie Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tipperary great Nicky English believes the Parnell Park pitch is too small to host senior inter-county hurling matches.

Mattie Kenny's Dublin will play their home Leinster Championship matches at the Donnycarney venue this summer and will host Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford and Micheál Donoghue's Galway there.

They have a built up a formidable record at the venue and during Anthony Daly's six years in charge, they lost just once across league and championship.

"Teams won't like going to Parnell Park. For me, I'm not sure. From an inter-county hurling perspective for championship matches, it's a very difficult place to go," English said.

"Like, you could argue if you were the opposition whether it's fair to actually play in Parnell Park, because it's very tight. I think it's too tight, yeah. For senior inter-county hurling matches I think it's too tight. Ultimately, to win you have to go to Croke Park to win anyway.

Fortress "The team that's going to prosper in the close confines of Parnell Park is unlikely to prosper in Croke Park; where ultimately to win anything, you have to go. But at the same time, if you want to create a fortress, there's no better place to create it than Parnell Park because the confines are conducive to that."

Parnell measures 141 metres by 82 metres, while Croke Park comes in at 145 metres by 88 metres.

"I don't know the measurements, but certainly it feels tight in the corners. As a one-time corner-forward, Parnell Park wouldn't have been one of my favourites now."

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English's criticism reignites the argument about where Dublin should play their home games and comes after calls for the Dublin footballers to be only allowed to play one 'Super 8s' game at Croke Park. A motion, sponsored by Donegal, was soundly beaten at Congress.

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