Sligo hurlers pull out of Derry match

Sligo hurlers have confirmed that the county’s hurling team won’t be fulfilling Sunday’s Christy Ring Cup fixture against Derry at Celtic Park.

The county board statement is below:

“A member of the Sligo Hurling panel returned a positive Covid-19 test on Wednesday October 21 The player tested was part of the squad that took part in the Roinn 3B final win on Sunday October 18. As such, a number of close contacts are now in isolation and the complete squad are now undertaking tests for the virus and are following HSE and GAA guidelines.

Sligo GAA County Board officers have liaised with GAA officials in Croke Park since this issue arose. Both Derry and Leitrim have been informed of this case.

We hope to participate in the second round of the Christy Ring Cup on the weekend of 7th/ 8th November, when the players who are restricting their movements will hopefully be available. They are currently availing of the GAA’s rapid testing facility.

We also wish to emphasise that the County Board, team management, players and backroom staff have followed HSE and GAA guidelines in relation to Covid-19 at all times.

Finally, Sligo GAA accept that this is short notice for Derry ahead of Sunday’s fixture and send our apologies, but wish to assure them that since this matter arose on Wednesday, we have been working tirelessly to avoid this unfortunate situation whereby the game cannot proceed as fixed.”