It has now been confirmed that the fixture of Laois versus Carlow in the dead rubber O’Byrne Cup game will not go ahead.
The game was called off Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch in Stradbally.
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Leinster Council released the following statement in regards to the Carlow game
“Due to Sigerson Cup commitments, injuries and sickness Carlow are unable to fulfil their O Byrne Cup fixture at the weekend. This game will not now take place. “
Longford are into the O’Byrne Cup final after a draw against Meath. It ended Longford 10 points Meath 1-7 in Ashbourne.
Louth and Offaly will clash in a semi-final. Offaly had Dublin’s measure on a scoreline of 11 points to 8.
Only two of the proposed five games O’Byrne cup games went ahead yesterday which strikes the ire of Offaly manager Liam Kearns. As stated Offaly will take on Louth, who apparently cited panel availability issues with the reason for not participating in their proposed game last night. This in Kearns opinion provides them with an advantage ahead of the semi-final, after his side faced a tough test against Dublin
“To be honest with you, I wouldn’t mind dropping out of the competition now at this stage. We’ve had two hard games in four days, and they’re putting us out again in a third game in eight days.”
“Our opponents have been sitting at home for the whole week – they withdrew from the competition. They didn’t fulfil their last fixture. That’s the integrity of the competition shot as far as I’m concerned. If you enter a competition, you should have to fulfil your fixtures.”
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