Offaly goalkeeping coach says what we're all thinking after late cancellation of league game
Offaly's new goalkeeping coach, Kerry All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Brendan Kealy summed up the frustrations of the entire country after the county's league clash with Derry was called off less than an hour and a half before throw-in on Sunday.
The pitch seemed to pass a 10am inspection, news that set most Offaly fans on the road to Derry in snow and icy conditions, but word filtered through from Derry at 12:36pm that the game, which had a 2pm throw-in, was off.
Fans vented their anger at the late call, while Offaly manager said "these things happen" but felt as though procedures needed changing so as to allow calls like this to be made earlier.
Having travelled with the Offaly team, goalkeeping coach Kealy tweeted from a snow-covered Celtic Park, expressing his bemusement at the late decision.
GAA insistent on having its busiest fixture list during the worst months of the year for weather with no contingency plans!! Players all over the country having to rearrange work, personal lives etc. again. This game called off at 12.26 today!! #JOKE #actionslouderthanwords #gaa pic.twitter.com/vWT7QDF7Ph— Brendan Kealy (@brendankealy) February 11, 2018
Most shrewd judges in Derry seemed to come to the conclusion that there was no way the game could go ahead, with one commenting, "I could have told you that at 8am this morning."
Kealy expressed the frustration of himself and his fellow coaches, as well as players from both counties, but especially Offaly, who had travelled and booked time off work to be there.
The game was one of four that didn't go ahead and it is expected that the game with Derry will now be played next weekend.
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