GAA chiefs are expected to offer a reduction in ticket prices for the Christy Ring Cup final replay on June 25.
The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee met yesterday and pencilled in the new date for the rematch between Meath and Antrim.
It’s a fortnight later than the original June 11 re-fixture date which was announced earlier this week while the game will go ahead at Croke Park and not Newry as also stated on Tuesday.
Meath, who were awarded the cup after a scoreline miscalculation last weekend, had signalled their intent not to play this weekend and suggested an alternative date of Saturday week at Croke Park.
The CCCC reviewed that request yesterday morning before pencilling in what is now a third date for the replay.
It’s understood that a reduction in the price of entry for the game is highly likely though a decision has yet to be taken on this.
“The Central Competitions Control Committee met this morning to consider a formal request from the Meath county committee for a postponement of the Christy Ring Cup final replay between Meath and Antrim scheduled for this Saturday evening, June 11,” read a GAA statement.
“Given the unique circumstances involved, the CCCC agreed to postpone the game. It will now take place on Saturday, June 25 in Croke Park at 5pm.”
The tie falls on the same day as the Antrim footballers’ Round 1B All-Ireland football qualifier with Limerick in Belfast.
But Saffrons officials have confirmed they will abide by the re-fixture details while Meath have accepted the new date also.
“We’re really glad to get it resolved finally,” said Antrim spokesman Sean Kelly. “The match ended in a draw so after a lot of toing and froing we have our replay now. We’re happy the game is going ahead and we’ll move on.”
Antrim will be without corner-back Martin Burke for the tie after breaking his collarbone in the drawn game. Ciaran Johnston, an unused substitute last weekend, will also miss the game as he’s heading to the USA though Eddie McCloskey is expected to be available after returning from Spain.
Meath will be without three players who have left for the US with one of those understood to be Sean Quigley, the substitute who hit a dramatic late 1-1 at Croke Park.
Those scores earned a 1-20 to 2-17 draw for Meath though referee John O’Brien believed the Royal County had scored 2-18 and Martin Ennis’ side were awarded the cup in error.
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