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Crisis talks called as Fingal's existence hangs in balance

Dublin's senior hurlers may be on a roll but the future of Fingal - a team representing clubs in the north of the county - hinges on a meeting later this week.

Dublin have entered a Fingal team in Division 3B of the Allianz League for the last four years, but they gave a walkover to Roscommon in the last round as the game with clashed with local club fixtures.

Representatives of local clubs, the team and its management and the Dublin Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) have been called to a meeting this week.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle said that for a Fingal team to continue, clubs in the Fingal area needed to be flexible about their fixtures and that Croke Park could also help by streamlining fixtures for lower-tier competitions to dovetail with the main hurling competitions.

Meanwhile, Cavan referee Joe McQuillan has been appointed to do the Allianz NFL Division 1 final between Dublin and Cork (4.0). Sligo's Marty Duffy takes charge of the Division 2 curtain-raiser (2.0) as Donegal take on Laois in Sunday's double-header at Croke Park.

Clare's Rory Hickey will referee the Division 3 final (7.0) as Louth face Westmeath in Saturday's double-header at HQ. Derry's Barry Cassidy will referee Longford and Roscommon (5.0) in Division 4.

Irish Independent