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Newbridge to host Kildare-Mayo GAA qualifier after venue controversy

The game looks set to take place on Saturday night in St Conleth’s Park.

IT HAS BEEN confirmed that the GAA have reversed their decision over the venue for Saturday’s qualifier between Kildare and Mayo with the fixture set to take place in Newbridge.

A view of St. Conleth's Park There will be qualifier action at the Newbridge venue on Saturday night. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The RTÉ website first reported this morning that the game is to take place in St Conleth’s Park with a throw-in time of 7pm.

And the Cavan county board later confirmed that their clash with Tyrone has been switched to Brewster Park in Enniskillen, having originally been pencilled in for Croke Park at 5pm, as the curtain-raiser to the tie between Kildare and Mayo.

Kildare were drawn out first to face Mayo in Monday morning’s draw for the Round 3 tie in the All-Ireland senior football championship and were thus entitled to home advantage.

But the GAA’s CCCC expressed health and safety concerns which prompted them to fix the game for Croke Park on Saturday evening, as part of a double-header with Cavan against Tyrone.

A stand-off ensued over the last couple of days with Kildare insisting that they would only play at the Newbridge venue.

Kildare released a statement on Monday evening categorically stating that they would not fulfil the fixture if they were forced to relinquish home advantage and play the game in Croke Park.

Manager Cian O’Neill was defiant in his stance that they would only play Mayo at their home ground.

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