Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Counties share Christy Ring victory

Carlow and Westmeath have both shared in a victory in advance of tomorrow’s Christy Ring Cup Final at Tullamore.

Both counties were incensed that the Croke Park fixture-makers had originally arranged the decider for Croke Park on Friday night.

They made their feelings known, pursuing their case in the strongest language and eventually the powers-that-be relented and re-scheduled the game for tomorrow (6.00).

“Just as well too,” fumed Carlow chairman Pat Deering.

“It was a downright insult to both counties to nominate this fixture for Croke Park on Friday night. The place would have been deserted.”

Now Carlow, as well as displaying a voracious hunger to win the match, are equally determined to discover just who within the corridors of power was at the core of what they see as a fixture howler.

They want a meeting with President Nickey Brennan and Director General Pauric Duffy to demand an explanation for the fiasco.

Westmeath are equally annoyed with the manner in which they have been treated but they will start the final as favourites because of their greater experience and the fact that they are the current holders of the trophy.

They had a comfortable win over a gallant Derry side in their semi-final clash and although the experienced Carlow side are likely to pose more problems for them tomorrow, they should still manage to retain their hold on the trophy.

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