Leitrim footballers not travelling to Down

Leitrim GAA has confirmed that Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division 3  between Leitrim and the Mourne County in Newry is OFF.

Leitrim are unable to field a team for today’s game – and as a result – they are conceding the fixture to Down.

It’s understood at least five of the Leitrim senior football panel are awaiting the results of Covid tests.

Other squad members are no longer able to travel to the game because of work commitments.

Leitrim manager Terry Hyland spoke to Austin O’Callaghan about their decision:

18 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Leitrim over the past 24 hours.

This is one of the highest surges of cases recorded in the county.

Leitrim’s decision not to travel means Down will be awarded the two league points.

Below is Leitrim GAA’s statement:

“Unfortunately, due to the greater health situation that has gripped the country, Leitrim GAA has found itself having to concede our Allianz League encounter versus Down today. A number of players are awaiting test results and unavailable to travel. Other factors also prevented further players from being available, considering this greater health situation, and in this course of action, we must respect this situation. In summation, we are unable to field a team.

We are living through very difficult times in an ever-increasing pandemic situation.

Leitrim GAA is acutely aware of the efforts that have been made to get the inter-county season up and running. However, on this occasion, we cannot fulfill this fixture which is regrettable. We are hopeful that our situation will have resolved itself before next weekend’s fixture versus Tipperary.”