Thursday, July 23, 2020

By Denis J. Croke

IT has been confirmed by Laois GAA that the Kelly Cup final, set for Saturday night will now go ahead.

There had been some doubt as to whether the game would take place after last Saturday’s semi-final between Killeshin and Ballylinan was called off.

This was due to the fact that Killeshin had suspended all club activities for 10 days after it emerged their junior team had an Old Leighlin team from Carlow after which one of the Old Leighlin players tested positive for Covid-19.

This week Killeshin informed Laois GAA that they had decided to withdraw from the Kelly Cup. This left the way open for Ballylinan and Graiguecullen to lay the final in Crettyard on Saturday throwing in at 7.15pm.

This will be a significant evening for Laois GAA as it will mark the return to competitive games in the county.

It will also be a test for all concerned – County Board, clubs, players and supporters – to see how the new policies regulating the number of people attending games works out.

Here in Laois the number of supporters from each participating team will be capped at 50.

Testing times ahead.

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