Monday 23 April 2018

Royals boosted by new sponsors

Jackie Cahill

UK-based property developers Comer Group will sponsor Meath football for the next two years.

The group is headed by brothers Luke and Brian Comer, who made an attempt to buy Aston Villa four years ago.

The brothers live in Dunboyne, where Luke has established a reputation as a horse trainer with entries in the Derby and Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in the past. Luke's son Barry is a former Meath minor footballer who is now involved in London GAA.

It is understood that they came to an agreement with Meath County Board, thought to be worth considerably less than the €250,000 their predecessors, Menolly Group, were shelling out per annum.

Meanwhile, Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald has revealed that his squad will be decimated for the opening two rounds of the NHL.

Fitzgerald looks set to be without 11 first-choice players for the visit of Anthony Daly's Dublin to Walsh Park on Sunday week and at least nine players will be unavailable for the trip to Galway a week later.

The Deise did capture the Waterford Crystal Cup with victory against UCC last Sunday but that victory came at a price after Eoin Kelly was red-carded.

Kelly faces a month-long ban and will be ineligible for the Dublin clash, while Eoin McGrath will also miss out through suspension after he was red-carded during the semi-final victory over Clare.

Army man Stephen Molumphy, joint-captain of the county team last year, has returned from peacekeeping duty in Chad and is understood to be taking a week off to recuperate.

"It's uncertain at this stage whether Stephen will be available or not," Fitzgerald said. "We have a big enough panel but it's very difficult to replace that many players and we will struggle for the Dublin game."

Irish Independent

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