No Wexford double date for Offaly

THIS Sunday the Offaly senior hurlers and senior footballers are both in action against Wexford however due to the wisdom of the fixture setters in Croke Park, one game is being played in O’Connor Park with the other taking place in Wexford Park.

THIS Sunday the Offaly senior hurlers and senior footballers are both in action against Wexford however due to the wisdom of the fixture setters in Croke Park, one game is being played in O’Connor Park with the other taking place in Wexford Park.

This is the second year this scenario has arisen as last year the Offaly hurlers faced Waterford in O’Connor Park with the footballers travelling the length of the country to Dungarvan.

The issue was highlighted widely at the time but the powers that be have chosen to ignore the supporters of both counties who could have been offered an enticing double header instead of being left to chose which game to attend.

The Offaly hurlers are the side who are on their travels and after their opening round win over Laois, hopes will be high that Ollie Baker’s Offaly side can make it two wins from two against a new look Wexford side who lost their opening game to Antrim.

With games against Limerick, Clare and Antrim to come, and with only one promotion spot on offer, Offaly need to maintain their winning start this weekend if they are to keep in the hunt.

In stark contrast, their footballing counterparts are in serious trouble after suffering a third successive defeat against Antrim.

The only consolation for Gerry Cooney and his side is that there are four teams on two points or less which means that a win this weekend would keep them in the fight to avoid the drop.

Conversely, while a fourth straight defeat this Sunday would not see them relegated, it would leave them clinging on by their fingertips teetering over the precipice of relegation.