Donegal SFC final to go ahead despite Kilcar player's coronavirus case

Kilcar are due to play last year’s champions, Naomh Conaill from Glenties, in Ballybofey
Donegal SFC final to go ahead despite Kilcar player's coronavirus case

MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, is due to host the final

The Donegal Competitions’ Controls Committee has decided this Sunday’s SFC final will go ahead despite Kilcar having a player who has tested positive with Covid-19.

Kilcar are due to play last year’s champions, Naomh Conaill from Glenties, in Ballybofey.

Earlier, Kilcar had confirmed they had a positive Covid-19 case in their playing ranks and ceased activity as a precaution, in line with GAA and HSE protocols.

However, the Donegal County Board said the final will go ahead as initially planned as there is currently only one positive case – this may change in time if there is an increase in positive cases.

“The game is on because only one Kilcar player is positive,” said Donegal GAA PRO John McEniff. “If this changes and there are more cases then the game could be postponed."

Sunday, October 11, was believed to be under consideration as an alternate date. That is the last available day for club fixtures with the inter-county season resuming the following weekend when Donegal welcome Tyrone to Ballybofey in the penultimate round of the Allianz League Division 1.

On Saturday, the Donegal County Board confirmed a senior panel member tested positive for Covid-19. The Kilcar case is not believed to be the same player.

The Donegal IFC final between Cloughaneely and Aodh Ruadh will take place on Saturday, as will the promotion-relegation play-off where Milford face Dungloe, and the JFC semi-final which sees Letterkenny Gaels take on St Mary’s from Convoy.

“Testing for Covid-19 is on-going in two of the eight clubs involved in the fixtures listed above,” read a County Board statement. “As matters stand at present, however, all of the above games are proceeding.”

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