A triumphant final
VERY well done to Dundalk and Cork City for serving up a very entertaining Irish Daily Mail Cup FAI Cup final at the Aviva last Sunday.
The much-maligned FAI is also worthy of applause for offering the match tickets at a reduced €10, with a crowd of more than 30,000 going through the turnstiles.
That was the largest attendance for the showpiece since 36,000 saw Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers play in the first decider at the Dublin 4 venue.
Those who availed of the bargain price were well rewarded and so were those who tuned in to RTÉ’s television coverage.
Maybe the GAA could take a leaf out of our soccer ruling body’s book by cutting admission prices for some of their games in 2019. Such a move could help to attract better attendances at some fixtures, especially in the earlier rounds.
Finally, I wish all the best to Dundalk, Cork and the League of Ireland sides in next season’s European competitions.
If still around, this sports follower will take a lot more interest in their efforts than the performances of some of the overhyped cross-channel teams.
Bill McMahon, Navan, Co. Meath.
can’t decide: Declan Rice