Armagh board agrees to delay Donegal club clash

Armagh have agreed to postpone their Ulster club quarter-final for a week to give Donegal time to complete their championship.

Donegal’s progress to the All-Ireland final meant only a few preliminary round championship fixtures were played.

Jim McGuinness’s All-Ireland winners cut the celebrations short as the players went straight into club championship action last weekend. Their county final is now due to be played on November 4 — the original date of the Ulster quarter-final clash against either defending All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers or Pearse Óg, who contest the Armagh final on Sunday week.

Ulster Council president Aogan Farrell, speaking at the launch of the Ulster club championships, explained that Armagh County Board has facilitated Donegal.

“Donegal had agreed to play on the date that was expected of them, but there was an extra Sunday available and Armagh agreed that they would play on that date,” he said.

“We in the Ulster Council said the fixture [on November 4] stands, but if Armagh agree, we will allow you to make that one switch. Armagh did agree, which was very gracious of them.

“There was a little bit of leeway there, and it was made because of the goodwill of Armagh.”

Farrell revealed the decision was made once it became clear Donegal were going to be playing until the fourth Sunday in September.

“We preempted what might happen and we had this arrangement in place before Donegal became All-Ireland champions.

“It’s great to see an Ulster county win an All-Ireland and we certainly weren’t going to do anything to upset the whole progress of the Donegal team, which we’re all delighted about.

“But we’re equally fond of the Donegal clubs and the Donegal players and their right to be represented in Ulster. So there was a little bit of leeway there, which was made because of the goodwill of Armagh.”

The Donegal county final takes place the day after the ‘Match for Michaela’ is held at Casement Park on Saturday night November 3, between Donegal and an Ulster select.

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