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Ladies GFA, GAA reach agreement to avoid fixture clash in Carrick

The Ladies Football Round 1 qualifiers have been brought forward by an hour and will take place in Páirc Seán MacDiarmada before Donegal v Laois.

Senior Ladies footballers at the Championship launch in Croke Park earlier this month.
Senior Ladies footballers at the Championship launch in Croke Park earlier this month.
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Updated 7pm

A LADIES FOOTBALL double-header will remain in Carrick-on-Shannon despite fears it would have to make way to accommodate the men’s qualifier between Donegal and Laois.

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) has reached an agreement with the GAA that will allow their games to stay in Páirc Seán MacDiarmada on Saturday but with an earlier throw-in time.

The Round 1 qualifier between Donegal and Westmeath will now take place at 1.30pm with the meeting of Clare and Kildare also brought forward by an hour to 3.15pm.

The schedule was thrown into confusion earlier today when the GAA announced that the Round 4 qualifier between All-Ireland champions Donegal and Laois was set for Carrick, creating a clash with the two Ladies fixtures which were announced last week.

The men’s game will now form the third part of a three-game bill and throw in at 5pm.

Earlier today spokesperson Derek Kinnevey told TheScore.ie that the fixture clash would force the LGFA to look for an alternative venue at short notice.

“It’s not ideal,” Kinnevey said. “We had our games fixed and booked in for live television coverage and now we have have to move them five days beforehand.”

– Originally posted 2.10pm

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