There’s now confirmation on the Connacht GAA website that the FBD League ‘Home’ Final will take place this coming Friday evening (February 27th) at McHale Park where throw-in under the lights is set for 7.30pm. There was some discussion as to whether or not this fixture would take place in Castlebar or Ballinrobe but with the Dubs rolling into town two weeks from next weekend for what will be a high profile league match it obviously makes sense to have the FBD decider at McHale Park as well. You’d never know, some of those lightbulbs might need replacing ahead of February 11th.
Indeed, it’s going to be a while before we next play a match in daylight because as well as Friday evening’s fixture and the match against Dublin, our opening league game – against Laois in O’Moore Park – and our third NFL fixture, which is against Armagh up in the Athletic Grounds, are both Saturday night under the lights fixtures. From what I can see, our next daylight fixture will be our home league match against Down on 11th March.
While we’re on the topic of fixtures and what-not, I see that @maigheoforsam has started a one-man campaign to get the throw-in time of our match against the Dubs switched. We’re due to get get going against the All-Ireland champions at 7pm but the France-Ireland Six Nations match is scheduled to start the same night at 8pm. Our match should be done by around half eight or so but that will still leave punters at McHale Park missing most of the first half from Paris (or more, if they choose not to repair to the nearest watering hole afterwards).
The situation is obviously complicated by the fact that Setanta have already secured the rights to broadcast our match live so I guess unless they’re willing to rejig their schedules, 7pm it’s going to be. Matters are further complicated that weekend with Davitts’ All-Ireland Intermediate Club final against Milltown-Castlemaine down for decision at Croke Park the following afternoon. I know – couldn’t we just switch our match with the Dubs to HQ as the curtain-raiser for the Davitts match then everyone (well, nearly everyone) will be happy?
Finally, back to Friday night’s FBD decider where it’s also been confirmed that whistle-happy Sligo ref Michael Duffy will be in charge of proceedings.