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Mayo fans urged to buy tickets in advance


COULD RAIN STOP PLAY?St Conleth's Park in Newbridge has had waterlogged issues in the past, and ‘The Big Thaw’ could create problems in this regard again next weekend. Pic: Sportsfile

Edwin McGreal

MAYO football supporters travelling to Newbridge for Sunday’s re-arranged National League Division 1 clash with Kildare have been advised to buy their tickets in advance of the game.
Kildare GAA Secretary David Cahill told The Mayo News that capacity at St Conleth’s Park ‘should not be a problem’ with an increased capacity at the ground in the region of 12,000.
It was under 7,000 for Mayo’s last game in Newbridge in 2014.
However, there were, as Mr Cahill recalled last night, ‘lengthy delays’ for fans that day buying tickets at the ground and he has advised Mayo supporters to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are available online on www.gaa.ie and in selected Centra and Super Valu stores.
Mr Cahill said stand seating is ‘very limited’ which will mean that Mayo’s approximate 3,500 season ticket holders will not all be guaranteed seats.
Like Mayo’s recent game against Galway at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, stand seats are expected to be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
While poor weather conditions are promised next weekend, should there be any risk of the Newbridge pitch being unplayable, The Mayo News understands that a decision to move the game to an alternative venue will not be made until closer to the weekend.
Meanwhile, Stephen Rochford and his squad trained last Tuesday evening in Mullingar before relocating to the Claremorris athletics track on Friday night, while they also came together for a session at the Ballinrobe Community School pitch on Sunday morning.
Rochford will be hoping that the extra week will allow Paddy Durcan to recover from a quad injury that looked set to rule him out of the original fixture last weekend.
Tom Parsons should also benefit from last Sunday’s postponement and, assuming he recovers from a recent calf strain, is in line to feature in his game for Mayo since last September’s All-Ireland Final.
Cillian O’Connor will also return to the Mayo squad after sitting out the defeat to Dublin but the game will come too soon for both Chris Barrett and Donie Vaughan who are still rehabilitating from their respective injuries.
Brendan Harrison has been ruled out of the remainder of the National League due to a hip problem.
Hurlers in action too
THE Mayo hurlers are also in action next weekend.
Derek Walsh’s team will make the long journey to Portaferry to face Down in the Division 2B National League with their place in the final already secure.
However, although they are almost certain to play Down again in the league decider, the fifth round games in the division must be played as both Donegal and Armagh still have an outside chance of pipping the Mournemen to the promotion play-off spot.

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