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Kildare-Mayo match switched to Newbridge as GAA back down

By Cormac Byrne

After 48 hours of deadlock in row between Kildare and the GAA over the venue for the Lilywhites Round 3 qualifier with Mayo, the game will go ahead in Newbridge on Saturday evening at 7pm.

The CCCC originally fixed Kildare's game with last year's All-Ireland final runners-up at GAA headquarters for 7pm on Saturday as part of a double-header with Cavan's game with Tyrone.

The Kildare County Board and manager Cian O'Neill came out with strong statements that they would only play the game at their home venue of St Conleth's Park in Newbridge as they were drawn out first.

The GAA's head of games administration Fergal McGill warned that Kildare would forfeit the game if they failed to show at Croker and tickets for the double-header were placed on sale.

But the GAA have caved in the midst of widespread support for the stance taken by Kildare, and the game will now take place in Newbridge this weekend.

Tyrone and Cavan's meeting will still be played at Croke Park at 5pm since Cavan cannot host the game with Kingspan Breffni Park undergoing development work.

Earlier, the GAA's ticketing website stopped selling tickets for the double-header.

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