Monday 19 February 2018

Rebels chief Ryan hits out at GAA over scheduling of hurling replay

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has revealed that Paudie O'Sullivan will not be ready for the replay
Jimmy Barry-Murphy has revealed that Paudie O'Sullivan will not be ready for the replay

Colm Keys and Donnchadh Boyle

CORK have criticised the scheduling of the All-Ireland SHC final replay on a Saturday evening – revealing they were prepared to play it on a Sunday in October.

Following Croke Park's confirmation that the eagerly awaited rematch will have a 5.0 throw-in on September 28, concern was expressed about potential traffic problems for both sets of supporters.

Cork chairman Bob Ryan said it would especially impact on those making the long haul from the west of Cork and Clare on a Saturday.

According to Ryan, his county board would have been happy to play the game in four weeks' time if it meant a Sunday fixture.

"We feel it should be on a Sunday, even if that was the week after the ladies' final," he said. "If it can't be moved because of a commitment to play the ladies' football finals there on the Sunday of that weekend then why not move it on?"

Authorities

However, Croke Park and the relevant authorities are happy to go ahead with the staging of the first hurling final on a Saturday.

"The 5.0 throw-in time could mean some of our supporters not getting home until after 1.0 in the morning. It's not a convenient time, even for supporters accessing and parking around Dublin," Ryan said.

His comments were echoed by Jimmy Barry-Murphy, although the Cork manager stressed the decision had been made and there was nothing they could do about it now.

Barry-Murphy also revealed that Paudie O'Sullivan will not be ready for the replay despite making progress from a double break in his leg during a club match last April.

Meanwhile, Davy Fitzgerald yesterday refused to expand on "small fish don't get the breaks" comment after Sunday's draw.

"They (Croke Park) have got to have a good look at that and sort it out," he said. "We might be only small fry but we deserve a good crack at anything and I'll just leave it in their hands completely.

"All I'll say is the amount of texts and calls I've got from people outside of Clare is unreal. I'd just prefer not to go into it."

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