Portlaoise is the venue

KILDARE’s meeting with Limerick in the third round of the All Ireland qualifiers will take place in O’Moore Park despite the Lilies being first out of the hat in yesterday morning’s draw, writes Ruth Chambers.

KILDARE’s meeting with Limerick in the third round of the All Ireland qualifiers will take place in O’Moore Park despite the Lilies being first out of the hat in yesterday morning’s draw, writes Ruth Chambers.

The decision to move the game to the Laois venue was taken by Croke Park for fears that Newbridge will not be able to accommodate the crowd expected for the third round encounter, a decision that has left Kildare supporters reeling.

Earlier in the day the Kildare County Board refused to agree to the move, however headquarters have the power to move the game and that’s exactly what they’ve done.

Kildare supporters travelled in numbers to watch their team overcome Cavan in Breffni Park last Sunday, however only a paltry 200 Limerick fans made the journey to Longford last Saturday to face Glenn Ryan’s charges.

In Cavan McGeeney’s men recorded a facile 3-20 to 1-9 victory against a vastly inferior Ulster side.

All eyes were on former Cavan player Seanie Johnston. Would he or wouldn’t he start?

The St Kevin’s club man wasn’t included in the starting XV but did get his chance with eight minutes of normal time remaining.

He replaced Clane’s Tomas O’Connor and as expected didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes from some sections of the home supporters.

Johnston even had time to score Kildare’s last point of the afternoon when he knocked over a free a minute in to time added on.

Croke Park have confirmed Saturday’s fixture will go ahead in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 5pm.

See inside for full coverage of Kildare’s win over Cavan.