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Frost causes postponements

Bank Of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup

Unplayable pitches at the Athletic Grounds, Burren and Clones due to the overnight heavy frost led to very late postponements of the scheduled 3 second round Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup fixtures that were due to be played.

There was much annoyance among supporters who reckoned that a much earlier call on the postponements should have been made. To compound angry supporters frustration even further was the pushing back of the starting time by a half hour as if that was going to be long enough to turn the pitch from playable to unplayable.

The overnight forecast for very heavy frost should have had the the host counties on alert to the possibility of postponement and those responsible for the decision making should have been ready to act in plenty of time. Obviously by noon, the state of the pitches at that time, would have given a good indication as to what thaw was still necessary to make the pitches playable and if that passable level of acceptance could be achieved given the lack of sufficient temperature rise over the course of the morning. A lot of disgruntled supporters could have been spared needless journeys.

So the Ulster Council will have to alter next weekend’s proposed semi-finals as that weekend will be needed to re-fix the Armagh v Derry, Down v UUJ and Monaghan v Donegal round 2 games as round three matches are fixed for this Wednesday night Jan 10.

Armagh will face UUJ at the Athletic Grounds 8pm and Down travel to Owenbeg to play Derry 8pm. Donegal will take on Fermanagh who won their second match in the competition with a narrow 1-10 to 1-9 defeat of Queen’s at Ballybofey 8pm with Monaghan entertaining Queen’s in Castleblayney at 8pm.