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Roscommon forced to give up home advantage as league clash moved to Longford

Sunday’s Division 1 fixture with Down has been switched from Dr Hyde Park to Pearse Park.

The Roscommon players will have to bus it to Pearse Park in Longford this weekend.
The Roscommon players will have to bus it to Pearse Park in Longford this weekend.
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ROSCOMMON HAVE MOVED Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 meeting with Down (2pm) because of an unplayable pitch at Dr Hyde Park.

The fourth round clash has been switched to Pearse Park in Longford with the Rossies forced to give up home advantage after having a request to play in Kiltroom turned down by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee due to its capacity.

“It was with great regret that Roscommon GAA had to give up home advantage in the Allianz League Division One for the Clash with Down,” said county chairman Seamus Sweeney.

We found ourselves in the situation, where our county ground Hyde Park was unplayable and Croke Park and the CCCC refused to allow us to use our secondary county ground Kiltoom.

“CCCC would not be happy with Kiltoom as an alternative venue given the expected attendance and the restricted capacity at the ground, we were told.”

Roscommon make one change from side which defeated Cork, as Conor Daly comes into defence for his brother Niall, who is injured.

Roscommon

1. Geoffrey Claffey (Castlerea St-Kevin’s)

2. Sean McDermott (Western Gaels)
3. Neil Collins (St Brigid’s, Dublin)
4. Niall McInerney (St Brigids)

5. Conor Daly (Padraig Pearses)
6. Sean Purcell (Boyle)
7. David Murray (Padraig Pearses)

8. Enda Smith (Boyle)
9. Ian Kilbride (St. Brigid’s)

10. Fintan Cregg (Elphin)
11. Ciaran Murtagh (St Faithleach’s)
12. Conor Devanney (Kilbride)

13. Cian Connolly (Roscommon Gaels)
14. Senan Kilbride (St Brigid’s)
15. Cathal Cregg (Western Gaels)

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