Football final moved to Saturday to avoid rugby clash

Brendan Furlong

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

County star Kevin O’Grady, seen here in action against Aidan Cash (Shelmaliers), has missed out on a planned holiday in the U.S.A. to assist St. James’ in their march to a first-ever Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football final
County star Kevin O’Grady, seen here in action against Aidan Cash (Shelmaliers), has missed out on a planned holiday in the U.S.A. to assist St. James’ in their march to a first-ever Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football final

As Ireland has progressed through to the rugby World Cup quarter-finals, Wexford G.A.A. has moved to avoid a financial hit.

With attendances expected to be down throughout the country should the G.A.A. decide to go head-to-head with Ireland's quarter-final game with Argentina on Sunday, Wexford have made an early decision, moving their Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football final involving St. Martin's and St. James' to this Saturday afternoon at Innovate Wexford Park with a 4 p.m. start.

Rugby is the talk of the nation at the moment, having gained even more momentum following their huge final group game victory over France. So for the second successive Sunday thousands of supporters will converge on the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for what should once again be a spectacular occasion.

Ireland's progress in the World Cup may not be all negative news for the G.A.A. as it has given sport in the country, going alongside the soccer side's defeat of world champions Germany in midweek, a huge lift which hopefully will be reciprocated with a big attendance at Saturday's county final showdown.

It will also be a special occasion for inter-county forward Kevin O'Grady, who decided to forego a pre-planned holiday in the States in order to see his side through the semi-final games and into a first-ever decider.

An interesting climax to the Senior football has been teed up for Wexford G.A.A. St. James' will be seeking their first title, while St. Martin's will be hoping to complete the first leg of the Senior double after also qualifying for the hurling final on Sunday.

Also on what is a hugely-attractive double-header is The Courtyard Ferns Intermediate hurling championship final involving Naomh Eanna and Crossabeg-Ballymurn.

This is the first meeting of these two sides in a final since 1974, a year when one of the county's most skilful attackers at the time, Seánie Kinsella, scored the winning goal in a replay. Perhaps that's an omen as it may take a second meeting to separate two fine hurling sides.

This Friday evening the finals get under way with Glynn-Barntown and Bannow-Ballymitty meeting in the Lodgewood Engineering county Intermediate football decider in Taghmon at 8 p.m. Glynn-Barntown will happily settle for a victory following the disappointment of their Senior hurling semi-final display, but Bannow-Ballymitty are long overdue another success in this grade too. Both teams were relegated from Senior in 2010.

On Saturday evening, Oylegate-Glenbrien and St. Anne's play the Enniscorthy Farm Systems Junior 'A' football final at St. Patrick's Park, while on Sunday afternoon, Adamstown and Duffry Rovers meet to decide the destination of the Junior 'B' hurling at the same venue.

The Pettitt's Senior hurling final will be played on the following weekend.

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