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Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh vents fury at fixture makers

By Declan Bogue

The Tyrone county board have received their second stinging criticism in a week, with Sean Cavanagh angry over their refusal to move a crucial league fixture that could have prevented him from playing for Ireland in Saturday night's International Rules test against Australia.

The Breffni Park clash, in which Cavanagh was one of the strongest performers for Ireland, hitting an 'over' at the end of the second quarter, threw in three hours after Cavanagh was due to play a crucial league match for his club Moy against fellow division one strugglers Eglish.

"I was really disappointed with Tyrone county board, they put a relegation fixture against our biggest rivals on today at 4pm," said Cavanagh after the Irish victory.

"I have been fighting all week, and Croke Park have been trying to fight all week to get the game moved."

Nature played it's part in the dispute however, with the Moy pitch being declared waterlogged early on Saturday, allowing Cavanagh to concentrate fully on his International duties. He did state that had the club game have gone ahead, he would have been lining out in that.

However, the anticipated clash between club and country, added to the significance that the trophy the two countries play for is entitled The Cormac McAnallen Cup after Cavanagh's former team-mate and a clubman of Eglish, has left a sour taste.

Cavanagh claimed that negotiations had gone on between senior figures in the GAA, including Director-General Paraic Duffy, to parties concerned, but there was a reluctance from Eglish to move the fixture.

"I was trying to put it across to Tyrone county board that this competition means a lot to me personally in that it is Cormac's Cup," he said.

"I have been quite passionate about that down through the years and even up to last night I wasn't sure whether I was going to get to play. I thought I was going to have to go down the road and play a club game today."

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