Kilkenny board apologises to county's minor footballers saying 'nobody envisaged' 71-point loss

Kilkenny's county board chairman has apologised to the county's minor footballers who suffered a 71-point thrashing at the hands of Wexford on Saturday in the minor Leinster Championship.

The county board came in for some criticism following the defeat, and Kilkenny board chairman Ned Quinn has accepted responsibility for the result.

Quinn told KCLR96fm: "As chairman of the county board, I have overall responsibility for all of our county teams so I accept my responsibilities as regards our minor football team as I do with any other team.

"The second thing I would like to say, with the aid of hindsight, is to express very much regret that the young players who represented our county, and were more than willing to represent their county last Saturday, suffered the defeat that they did and I will apologise to them for what happened to them during the game on Saturday."

Despite the scale of the loss, Quinn says he wants the traditionally strong hurling county to keep playing football.

"In the lead up to the game, by our own standards, preparations had gone well. Nobody envisaged what was about to happen but it did happen on the day and I would apologise to everybody for that.

"I will say in the GAA in Kilkenny that over the years we've got a lot of things right.

"We have never been able to get football to where we’d like to get it to and we will have to deal with these issues starting tomorrow night, when we will have an executive meeting of the management committee of the county board."

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