Friday 24 November 2017

No DCU request for final reschedule

THE O'Byrne Cup final will definitely go ahead next Sunday after Kildare made it clear they would not countenance playing the game midweek to accommodate DCU, who open their Sigerson Cup campaign just two days later.

Leinster Council chiefs also confirmed that DCU have not requested a change of date while they are also restricted by a contractual arrangement with TG4, who are covering the final 'live'.

Following the students' semi-final win over Meath on Saturday, there had been talk of a potential DCU/Dublin final moving to midweek. This would have facilitated DCU, whose face Cork IT in the Sigerson on Tuesday week.

This tentative option was scuppered by Kildare's victory yesterday. Afterwards, asked if the Newbridge decider might be switched, Kieran McGeeney was dismissive. "That's not up to me. It really is nothing to do with inter-county teams - the Sigerson, you know. I don't see any reason for it to be changed."

Subsequently contacted by the Evening Herald, Leinster chairman Martin Skelly said: "The bottom line is there is no request in from DCU."

He also sought to allay fears that DCU might field a depleted team. "In fairness to DCU, they have put out very strong teams right throughout the competition. They have got the results; they are in the final on merit," Skelly said. "I have no doubt they will pay the competition the respect it deserves, bearing in mind where the proceeds of the competition go, to an injury-benefit fund for those who are less fortunate than ourselves ... I think we can look forward to a highly competitive, high-octane game."

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