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There's A Potential Nightmare Fixture Clash For Two Galway Players This Weekend

There's A Potential Nightmare Fixture Clash For Two Galway Players This Weekend

Due to the weekend's inclement weather conditions and rescheduled league fixtures, this week has the potential to be a particularly hectic one for inter-county players also involved with Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup teams.

For Liam Silke of UCD and Kieran Molloy of NUIG, there is the possibility that they will have to miss out on one of either an All-Ireland semi-final or an All-Ireland final.

On Wednesday evening, UCD play Ulster University and NUIG play DIT in the Sigerson semi-finals. Should their sides progress to the Saturday's final, Silke and Molloy will have a nightmare fixture clash.

Silke and Molloy are both Corofin players. At 2pm in Tullamore on Saturday afternoon - 90 minutes before the throw-in of the Sigerson final - Corofin play Moorefield in the AIB All-Ireland Club Football Championship semi-final.

"It shouldn't happen. There's plenty of other weeks in it," said Corofin teammate Michael Lundy on Monday at an AIB media day for the club semi-finals.

Especially the week before a big game like this, an All-Ireland club semi-final. If the two colleges do happen to win, there's a clash of fixtures.

It's an All-Ireland semi-final and an All-Ireland final - how do you juggle the two of them? You don't want to miss out on one of them, it's just unfortunate.

Hopefully we'll have the two lads fresh on Saturday. We'd be a bit greedy now, hoping to hold onto them but whatever it is, hopefully, we win with the two boys playing.

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Silke made his first appearance of this year's Sigerson Cup in UCD's win against DCU last Wednesday. Molloy has been an impressive presence throughout NUIG's run to the final.

It has been reported by Galway Bay FM that both players are unlikely to be available for selection by their colleges - should they progress to the finals - due to their club commitments.

Though it seems they will not have to choose which fixture to miss, it is a ridiculous situation that they could potentially miss what would be a landmark game in their college GAA careers.

Corofin’s Michael Lundy is pictured ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Semi-Final taking place at O’Connor Park on Saturday, 17th of February where the Galway club will face Kildare’s Moorefield. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and www.aib.ie/gaa. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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