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GAA World Reacts Angrily To The Shambles Around Tyrone/Cavan In Omagh

GAA World Reacts Angrily To The Shambles Around Tyrone/Cavan In Omagh
By Gavin Cooney Updated

We barely had any time at all to ponder the oddly quaint naming of Storm Doris before Storm Ewan's insolent bluster has wreaked havoc on the National League fixtures this weekend. Fields across the country were groaning under the weight of surface water this morning, and while most games went ahead despite the inclement conditions (Donegal/Dublin; Longford/Armagh two such examples), one game was called off: Tyrone/Cavan in Division One.

The game was fixed for Omagh, and was scheduled to be the latter part of a doubleheader, to be preceded by the hurling clash between Tyrone and Donegal. It looked pretty clear that Omagh would be unable to host either game today, such was the level of water pooled on the pitch.

Just after 11am, the hurling game was moved to Carrickmore, but the football was expected to go ahead as planned.

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Despite these great intentions, it seemed pretty apparent that the pitch was unplayable, and the journalists who turned up early felt they wouldn't have a game to cover:

Despite the clear indications that the pitch was unplayable, it took until a pitch inspection by referee David Gough to finally call the game off.

The decision to call it off was made just an hour before throw-in, meaning many supporters were already on the way to Healy Park. Supporters reacted with  anger to a decision that is not unfamiliar to those acquainted with Healy Park on a wet spring afternoon...

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Absurd.

Oh, and remember the hurling game that was moved to Carrickmore? That was postponed, too. Details of the refixtures are expected early next week.

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