Hyde Park it is, despite protests

Dr. Hyde Park, in Roscommon, has been confirmed as the venue for this Saturday evening’s Round 4 of the All Ireland Qualifiers between Kildare and Sligo, writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN.

Dr. Hyde Park, in Roscommon, has been confirmed as the venue for this Saturday evening’s Round 4 of the All Ireland Qualifiers between Kildare and Sligo, writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN.

The CCCC announced the times and venues for the remaining four games in this year’s Qualifiers on Monday afternoon but Kildare Co. Board immediatley sent in a protest/concern at the choice of venue as Sligo had played there only two weeks ago, losing out to Mayo in the Connacht final.

It is understood however that, not surprisingly, the CCCC has refused to reconsider changing the venue with Kildare having suggested Breffni Park in Cavan or Clones as alternate venues.

Apart from the venue, there have been concerns expressed with the time of the game, as Hyde Park does not have flood lighting and if extra time were to be required, on possibly a dark and rainy day, fading light could possibly cause a problem.

Meanwhile top Meath official, David Coldrick, who was in charge of last Saturday’s Kerry v Tyrone clash in Killanrey, will take charge of the Kildare v Sligo clash this weekend. Coldrick was severely criticised by Tyrone manager, Mickey Harte, for his handling of the game, in which he dished out some fourteen yellow cards and one red.