Glenswilly accept CCC’s decision on county final

Glenswilly accept CCC’s decision on county final
Glenswilly have accepted the decision to play the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final against Killybegs on its original date - Sunday, October 20.

Glenswilly have accepted the decision to play the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final against Killybegs on its original date - Sunday, October 20.

The Donegal Competitions’ Control Committee (CCC) on Tuesday night opted against the novel proposition by the Foxhall club to play the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final on a Friday night.

That means that Glenswilly’s Michael Murphy will be forced to play twice in 24 hours as he is Ireland’s International Rules Series captain.

Paul Earley’s Ireland face Australia in the first Test on Saturday, October 19, at Breffni Park in Cavan.

“The decision has been made and we are going with it,” said Michael’s father Mick, the Glenswilly club chairman, on the CCC’s insistence to play on October 20.

“I have been around in the GAA long enough to know that there are a lot of arrangements made around a county final and we have to remember that there is another club involved.

“We can say we are not happy with the decision, but the decision has been made. It is no good at this stage getting involved in the blame game.”

Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid and his backroom team will be sweating on the fitness of their talisman in Cavan as they look to win a second senior championship.

Full-forward Murphy scored 1-7 in their 1-8 to 0-9 win over St Michael’s in the 2011 final in Ballybofey.

Playing the county final on Sunday, October 27, was not considered feasible as that is the day after Ireland and Australia’s second Test at Croke Park.

Murphy’s Donegal teammate Karl Lacey, who was first capped in the Series in 2006, offered his support on Twitter yesterday.

“Can’t believe a player has to choose between his club and country, give the man a chance that has pride in any jersey he wears,” the 2012 Footballer of the Year tweeted.

Glenswilly delegate Barry Pat McDaid proposed a motion at Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Donegal County Board to request the Ulster Council.

He requested the Donegal County Board to seek to ask the Ulster Council to postpone the Ulster club championship clash between the Donegal champions, whoever they may be, and St Gall’s of Antrim from November 3.

County secretary Aodh Máirtín O’Fearraigh made the request to the Ulster Council ahead of their CCC meeting in Armagh on Tuesday night.

However, it was later withdrawn at the behest of Glenswilly, who alternatively proposed playing the county final as a standalone fixture under the floodlights at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey on Friday, October 25.

However, the CCC felt it was not a practical move.

“Donegal CCC have today considered a request from CLG Glenswilly to reschedule the 2013 County Senior Championship Final,” read a statement released on the matter.

“Having considered all the major factors involved, the CCC has concluded that the final will go ahead as planned on Sunday October 20.

“We fully understand and appreciate CLG Glenswilly’s desire to accommodate their player and Donegal captain Michael Murphy but regrettably no practical solution that would resolve all the associated difficulties surrounding the current circumstances has presented itself.

“The CCC would however like to wish Michael Murphy and the Ireland team every success in the International Rules Series.”

Irish International Rules manager Earley this weeknamed a 29-man provisional panel for the Series made up of players from 15 counties.

As well as Murphy, Donegal will be represented by Patrick McBrearty from Kilcar, while Gaoth Dobhair’s Neil McGee, who was involved in the 2011 Series, is also selected.