You’ll probably have got word by now but just to confirm that it was announced a bit earlier on this evening that the venue for Sunday’s FBD match against Roscommon has been switched again, this time to Castlebar. Throw-in at MacHale Park on Sunday is unchanged, with the match due to get underway at 2pm.
The venue change isn’t a massive surprise, to be honest – Hyde Park is a pitch best traversed in wellies at the best of times so it’s not the greatest shock in the world that it’s not in a fit condition to host Sunday’s game. Given the size of the crowd that’s likely to want to get to the fixture – it wouldn’t surprise me if there were upwards of 5,000 at it – then MacHale Park is the only logical alternative. Hurrah for logic winning out on this occasion.
UPDATE: The Roscommon County Board have tonight issued a statement (here) detailing the sequence of events and reasons behind the shift in venue for Sunday’s match.
It was also announced this evening, by the way, that Saturday’s U21 North-West Cup match against Donegal has been switched from Ballybofey to Letterkenny. Throw-in will still be at 2pm on Saturday. ‘Tis, clearly, the season for venue changes.