Mullinavat football manager Micheal Aylward hopes their run in Leinster brings extra focus on the sport in Kilkenny.
The Kilkenny senior champions were defeated by Wexford’s Fethard St Mogues on a scoreline of 0-07 to 0-05 in Saturday’s intermediate semi-final.
However, after the counties All Ireland success this year and his club’s charge, Aylward hopes at least the arrangement of fixtures receives the same respect as hurling;
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“We played a league final last year, and it was on the same night as a championship semi-final. I do not think that happens in hurling. It was dubbed as the one game. It is just unfair on both sets of players. At least, you are entitled to play a league final, that doesn’t happen in hurling.”
“It is completely wrong, only for the way the draw worked out, I don’t think the league final would have been played at all. I think it is unfair on both clubs to play two matches in one game.”
“Run your competition, get a winner then go off to play championship. It is done in hurling why can it not be done in football.”
Listen to the full interview on Scoreline Extra below: