Following Galway’s preliminary round win over Leitrim yesterday evening, our FBD League semi-final clash against the Tribesmen has now been confirmed for the Dome this day week (Saturday 14th) with a 5.30pm throw-in.
The match will be streamed live by Connacht GAA. There’s no link for the game as yet but the link for where Connacht GAA stream their matches is here. Assuming prices stay the same as for yesterday evening’s game, match passes for the live stream will cost €10.
There are no details available either about tickets to attend the game next Saturday. The capacity in the Dome is obviously very limited and I’ve no idea how many tickets will go on general sale, or indeed if any will. The position on that will, no doubt, be clarified soon.
Like many others, I guess, I was hoping this match would be fixed for next Friday evening, as then I’d have been able to see it and Tooreen’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park, which I’m planning on attending and which throws in at HQ at 7pm on Saturday. I’ll now catch no more than the first half of the match from the Dome before heading out the door to Croker.
While this is disappointing, a fixture clash of this kind isn’t exactly a novelty. Important club matches often get scheduled at the same time as county games – for example, Kilmeena’s All-Ireland Junior football final last February was played at the same time as Mayo were playing Monaghan in the League up in Clones. Given the tight schedule for matches at this time of year, it’s hard to avoid these kinds of direct clashes.
The other talking point about next Saturday’s FBD match is that it’s being played in the Dome, whereas if it were played at an outdoors venue it could attract a crowd in excess of 5,000. While this could well be true, the decision was taken some time ago to play all the FBD fixtures under cover at Bekan, an arrangement that worked out very well for the pre-season competition last year.
I think it makes sense to play this game in the Dome and I’d say this suits the counties’ management teams too. It is, after all, just a pre-season kickabout and, when the real stuff starts at the end of the month, there’ll be no problem with getting tickets to see our lads squaring up to Galway in a match that, unlike next week’s one, will be of consequence for both counties.