Late Ballyhaunis call-off slammed by Leitrim officials

The late postponement of last Sunday's FBD Connacht League clash against Mayo in Ballyhaunis was heavily criticised by Leitrim GAA officials, with manager Mickey Moran saying that the County's players, officials and supporters should never have been made travel to the Mayo venue.

The late postponement of last Sunday's FBD Connacht League clash against Mayo in Ballyhaunis was heavily criticised by Leitrim GAA officials, with manager Mickey Moran saying that the County's players, officials and supporters should never have been made travel to the Mayo venue.

The opening fixture of the 2011 season, which has been refixed for Sunday, January 30, in Ballinamore, was due to have been played last Sunday but when the icy conditions struck the country over the weekend, pitch inspections carried out by Leitrim officials in both Ballinamore and Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Saturday ruled out the game going ahead at a Leitrim venue.

County Board officials investigated the possibility of utilising either Cloone or Shane McGettigan Park in Drumshanbo but when the icy conditions proved over-whelming, Leitrim agreed to switch the match to Ballyhaunis late on Saturday evening.

What raised the ire of Leitrim officials was that the Ballyhaunis pitch was passed fit to play at 10.30 am on Sunday morning yet when referee T.J. Keaveney of Sligo inspected the playing surface at approximately 1.20 having, ironically, being delayed by poor road conditions, he immediately called off the game.

Leitrim manager Mickey Moran did not conceal his displeasure that the match was not called off earlier in the day when he believes it was obvious that the game would not be able to proceed – "Disappointed from many aspects, the roads this morning were lethal" Mickey told the Observer.

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