SFC HIT BY WALKOVER

Hol­ly­wood must face Rath­new in play-off

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

‘WE just want to play foot­ball,’ was the re­sponse of a Hol­ly­wood GAA Club of­fi­cial when asked for his com­ments in re­la­tion to events that have forced a play-off be­tween Mick Mur­ray’s men and Rath­new fol­low­ing a walkover given by Kil­te­gan for a re­fixed SFC game on Mon­day night.

The orig­i­nal game was aban­doned on Fri­day night last when the flood­lights at the Balt­in­glass GAA Club sud­denly went out im­me­di­ately af­ter an am­bu­lance had ar­rived to col­lect an in­jured Hol­ly­wood player who had been ly­ing on the ground for 75 min­utes.

The Hol­ly­wood of­fi­cial wouldn’t comment on ru­mours that a mem­ber of his club was re­spon­si­ble for the turn­ing off of the lights at the Balt­in­glass GAA grounds, but it is be­lieved that there were no prob­lems with the flood­lights and that the mat­ter was dis­cussed on Mon­day night at a meet­ing in Balt­in­glass and that there is wide­spread anger in the west Wick­low club that some­one would do such a thing.

Fol­low­ing the aban­don­ing of the game, the CCC re­fixed the tie for Round­wood on Mon­day even­ing. How­ever, Kil­te­gan in­formed the CCC that they were giv­ing a walk-over due to in­juries and play­ers away at col­lege.

This meant that Hol­ly­wood were now level with Rath­new on points and that score dif­fer­ence couldn’t come into play due to the walkover and that the sides had drawn in their fix­ture so a play-off has been ar­ranged for this Sun­day in Joule Park Aughrim at 2pm to de­cide who goes for­ward to the SFC semi-fi­nals.

It is un­der­stood that the Kil­te­gan GAA Club have been hit with a fine by Wick­low GAA for giv­ing the walkover but at the time of go­ing to print no mem­ber of the CCC nor the Chair­man of Kil­te­gan GAA Club could be con­tacted.

Kil­te­gan will now face AGB on Sun­day after­noon fol­low­ing the Hol­ly­wood v. Rath­new play-off to progress to the county semi-fi­nal but they will need to at their best to get past Damien Red­mond’s side who have lit a fire un­der this Se­nior cham­pi­onship.

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