'Shambles' - Offaly fans fume at late postponement of Derry clash

The game was announced off at 12.30pm

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



'Shambles' - Offaly fans fume at late postponement of Derry clash

Offaly supporters have been venting their frustration this afternoon after their Division 3 Allianz Football League clash with Derry was called off at the 11th hour. 

The crunch game between the two sides who had both lost their opening two games had been scheduled to throw in at 2pm in Celtic Park in Derry.

After heavy snowfall and a hard frost in Ulster over night, a number of games in  the North and West of the country had been called off, including Sligo's home game with Fermanagh. 

Offaly's game was on at 10am after an inspection, setting many Offaly fans on the road. 

However, at 12.36pm, less than an hour and a half before throw in, Derry GAA issued a statement saying that due to further heavy snowfall, the game was now off. 

Offaly supporters, including the Club Faithful bus, were minutes away from pulling into Celtic Park before receiving word and turning back. 

The Offaly team were at the venue, some reporters had travelled the night before or were already in Derry, and criticism has flooded in for the Derry officials. 

One fan blasted, "it's a shambles," suggesting the game should have been called off at 10am based on the current conditon of the surface and the inclement forecast for the afternoon. 

Another said, "It's a disgrace. I wouldn't mind if it was Offaly against Laois or something and was only a half an hour up the road, but I travelled three and a half hours this morning."

A third said, "It was obvious driving up from Offaly in very poor conditions and it was highly likely to be called off." 

A Derry supporer also labelled it a "shambles" and said, "The decision should have been made far earlier, you've got to feel for the Offaly fans." "Apologies from a Derry fan," he concluded. 

There is no indication as yet when the game will be re-fixed.