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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Donegal pick right fight but at wrong time

RIVAL CAPTAINS: Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton after last February’s Allianz FL Division 1 clash at Croke Park. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
RIVAL CAPTAINS: Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton after last February’s Allianz FL Division 1 clash at Croke Park. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

There was been a fair bit of talk during the week concerning Donegal's displeasure with the venue for their meeting with Dublin tomorrow week.

I very much doubt Dublin or their supporters would have any issue playing out of Croke Park.

However, this matter was flagged months and months ago and again in recent weeks after Donegal won the Ulster Championship.

It was only after the fixture was 'officially' confirmed that Donegal decided to release a statement requesting a meeting with the CCCC about the venue.

Strategy

They knew right well that the game was always heading for Croke Park under the rule agreed at Congress and this may just have been a strategy on their part to muddy the waters ahead of such a big game for both counties.

Firstly, this is not a Dublin issue. It is a CCCC issue.

The rules, regardless of if they are deemed imbalanced or unfair, were passed at Congress and signposted well in advance.

I just think that Donegal picked the wrong battle and if anything they may very well have ended up poking the bear by trying to drag Dublin into a debacle that was not of their making.

Personally, I would love to see the Dubs on the road more and a game in Clones would whet the appetite for everyone.

But on this occasion the horse had absolutely bolted.

Everyone can read and interpret the joint statement released yesterday following the meetin of the Donegal delegation and Croker - so it's very much time to move on . . . for this summer anyway.

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