Elec­tri­cal prob­lems only added to Sun­day’s woes

Bray People - - SPORT - POWER SURGE

IT seemed like it might have been a clever ploy by Wicklow GAA when, af­ter seven min­utes of ac­tion, dur­ing which the foot­ballers had fallen be­hind thanks to an early goal, the na­tional an­them was sud­denly belted out over the speak­ers for the sec­ond time as if to sug­gest that we should start the game all over again and for­get the early goal.

It was just one of a num­ber of em­bar­rass­ing in­ci­dents at Sun- day’s na­tional foot­ball league opener at Joule Park Aughrim.

The singer of the na­tional an­them couldn’t per­form dur­ing the play­ing of the an­them be­fore the game, due to a power surge which caused the na­tional an­them mu­sic to be played ahead of sched­ule.

The elec­tric­ity fail­ing meant that the sub­sti­tutes couldn’t be an­nounced dur­ing the game with elec­tri­cians only get­ting to the grounds as the game neared its con­clu­sion, and sources in the County Board have told the Wick- low Peo­ple that there was also dif­fi­cul­ties with the wa­ter sup­ply at the venue.

A big talk­ing point among the tiny crowd of spec­ta­tors from the home county was the de­ci­sion to charge those who at­tended the Ke­hoe Cup fi­nal in Ark­low the full €10 on the gate to gain ac­cess to Joule Park Aughrim.

Many of the spec­ta­tors felt that a con­ces­sion of sorts should have been made to those who turned up to sup­port the hurlers rather than hit­ting them for €20 in to­tal for the two games, with the foot­ball be­ing de­scribed as one of the worst Wicklow per­for­mances for many years.

One pos­i­tive note from the games was the prac­ti­cal and im­pres­sive match pro­gramme which was full colour and con­tained the teams from both the Ke­hoe Cup and the Al­lianz NFL Di­vi­sion 4 games.

The pro­grammes are re­ported to have sold well on the day and came in for praise among the spec­ta­tors at both venues.

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