Friday night fever for Laois and Carlow

After the introduction of Hawkeye in Croke Park earlier this month, the GAA will make another small piece of history in the first round of the qualifiers.

After the introduction of Hawkeye in Croke Park earlier this month, the GAA will make another small piece of history in the first round of the qualifiers.

In a repeat of last year’s first round, Laois will again face Carlow with the game being the first Inter-County Championship match in the history of the GAA to be fixed for a Friday night, June 28 in Dr Cullen Park.

The idea had been floated earlier in the year to play the Leinster Championship quarter-final between Offaly and Kildare under lights but it wasn’t followed through.

The decision to fix the Carlow and Laois game for a Friday has been met with a negative reaction from players in both counties.

Laois’ MJ Tierney tweeted ‘That’s absolutely ridiculous no regard for either set of players... ‘ while his team-mate Mark Timmons commented ‘that’s the holiday balance from work minus a day anyway.. no sense to it ‘.

Peter O’Leary was even more forthright with his comments stating, ‘what a load of shite by the GAA with a Friday night fixture.. shower of clowns running this organisation..’

Carlow’s Daniel St Ledger weighed in with his thoughts commenting, ‘hard for lads to do a full days work and then try play a knockout championship game ! Nearly have to take a day off.!’

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