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Kilkenny Chairman Issues Response Following Weekend Massacre Of Minor Footballers

Kilkenny Chairman Issues Response Following Weekend Massacre Of Minor Footballers
By PJ Browne

When the RTÉ GAA Twitter account includes a disclaimer about a scoreline, you know it's bad.

On Saturday, it did just that regarding the result between the Kilkenny minor footballers and their Wexford counterparts.

The scoreline, if somehow you haven't seen it by now: 17-20 to 0-00.

That's a 71 point win for Wexford. As RTÉ said, that's not a typo.

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The result led to outcry that the Kilkenny players were allowed to be such lambs to the slaughter.

Kilkenny Chairman Ned Quinn was on KCLR FM this morning to talk about the game. Akin to a general who had sent soldiers into battle unprepared, Quinn apologised to the players for what they had to endure.

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.

Quinn added that by Kilkenny standards - presumably that's their football standards rather than those required of their hurlers - preparations had been adequate.

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.

You can listen to Ned Quinn speaking to John Masterson below.

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Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Read: 'Today Was Nothing Short Of A Very Dark Day For Kilkenny'

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