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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