Wednesday 21 February 2018

Quarter-finals for Thurles

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals will take place in Thurles on Sunday week, it has been confirmed by the CCCC (Central Competitions Control Committee).

Last year's quarter-finals took place in Croke Park but the geography of the four counties involved dictated that Semple Stadium was chosen.

The 2011 quarter-finals are a repeat of two years ago when Limerick beat Dublin and Waterford snatched a late win over Galway. Limerick and Dublin will throw in at 2.0, with Galway and Waterford timed for 4.0.

All four football qualifiers will throw in at 7.0 on Saturday night with RTE 2 showing the Meath versus Kildare match in Navan's Pairc Tailteann. There was some doubt yesterday as to whether RTE's contract allowed them to cover this fixture, but it was cleared up.

A restricted capacity of 20,000 for will be severely tested given the close proximity of Kildare to Navan. There were some 17,000 there for last weekend's win over Galway.

The second-round qualifier replay between Wicklow and Armagh will go ahead at 7.0 in Aughrim.

Meanwhile, Galway's Michael Meehan is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks after dislocating his shoulder against Meath.

Irish Independent

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