Scullion urges county board not to stand in Murphy’s way

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Scullion urges county board not to stand in Murphy’s way
Irish selector Tony Scullion has called on the Donegal County Board not to deny Michael Murphy the chance to captain Ireland.

Irish selector Tony Scullion has called on the Donegal County Board not to deny Michael Murphy the chance to captain Ireland.

Murphy looks set to have a busy weekend later this month after Glenswilly qualified for the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final.

Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland winning skipper has been chosen by Paul Earley to captain the Irish International Rules side for the series against Australia.

The first of those tests takes place at Breffni Park in Cavan on Saturday, October 19, which is less than 24 hours before the meeting of Glenswilly and Killybegs for the Dr Maguire Cup.

“We had hoped the county boards would have looked at different dates because the Test dates aren’t going to change,” Scullion said.

“Hopefully something can be done to facilitate Michael being able to play. You’d hope that him having the opportunity to represent Ireland will be looked favourably upon.

“I know that International Rules has its critics but it’s the top honour you can get in Gaelic football.”

Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid said he is preparing for the original date.

“We had a recovery session on Sunday morning after Saturday night’s match and we are now putting our focus in the county final on October 20,” he said yesterday.

The Donegal CCC last night confirmed the final will take place on October 20 at 4pm, with the SRFC final replay between Naomh Conaill and Gaoth Dobhair acting as the curtain-raiser at 1:45pm.

Moving the final back a week to October 27 would not solve the problem as that’s the weekend of the second Test and the Donegal champions are out in the Ulster Club Championship against the Antrim winners on Sunday, November 3.

REFEREE FOR FINAL

Pat Walsh, the Referees’ administrator, confimed Ian Molloy of Naomh Conaill will referee the final with Seamus McGonagle from Aodh Ruadh as the stand-by official.