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Saturday 2 August 2014

Players slam Friday night Carlow v Laois game

SOME of the combatants in the GAA's first weekday championship match have slammed the move by the Central Competitions Control Committee to use the Carlow v Laois All-Ireland SFC qualifier as a guinea pig for Friday night football.

Carlow captain Brian Murphy and Laois pair Peter O'Leary and Michael John Tierney have savagely criticised the GAA's decision to host the match in Dr Cullen Park on Friday week at 7.45, a move which appears to have been done without the consultation of the players.

O'Leary took to Twitter to brand the decision makers "a shower of clowns," while Tierney branded the call "absolutely ridiculous," adding that the GAA had "no regard for either set of players. What about lads that work in Dublin?"

Murphy, meanwhile, called it "a joke . . . It's absolutely disgraceful, it wouldn't have happened in any of the big counties," adding that as his typical working day doesn't end until around six o'clock, he would need to take a "day off or time off" to prepare properly for the match.

However, Laois manager Justin McNulty branded the move a "fantastic idea" while both of the county boards involved have come out heavily in favour.

TYRONE goalkeeper Niall Morgan has been ruled out for the rest of the Championship after suffering a knee ligament injury while playing for his club Edendork.

QUALIFIER FIXTURES

SAT, JUNE 22: SHC qualifier prelim rd: Wexford v Antrim, Wexford Park 3.0.

FRI, JUNE 28: SFC qualifier rd 1: Carlow v Laois, Dr Cullen Park 7.45.

SAT, JUNE 29: SFC qualifiers rd 1: Longford v Limerick, Pearse Park 7.0; Galway v Tipperary, Pearse Stadium 7.0.

SUN, JUNE 30: Armagh v Wicklow, Athletic Grounds 3.0; Derry v Sligo, Owenbeg 5.0.

TBC (*either Sat, June 29 or Sun, June 30): Offaly v Tyrone, O'Connor Park; Louth v Antrim, Drogheda; Westmeath v Fermanagh, Cusack Park.

(Full details for these three ties to follow next Monday once hurling phase 1 teams are confirmed)

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