Armagh’s game with Derry in the Dr McKenna Cup has been called off today (Sunday).
The game was due to take place at the Athletic Grounds in the city at 2pm, however, Armagh GAA’s official Twitter account announced the postponement just 15 minutes prior to throw-in.
It read: Today’s #BOIMcKennaCup game v @Doiregaa has been called off due to frozen pitch. More details on re-fixture will be released later.
Today's #BOIMcKennaCup game v @Doiregaa has been called off due to frozen pitch. More details on refixture will be released later.
— Armagh GAA (@Armagh_GAA) January 7, 2018
It was Armagh’s second game of the season, having overcome Down in the opening group game on Wednesday night.
The re-fixture now proves a logistical nightmare given the condensed nature of this season’s competition with the final group game due to be played on Wednesday evening.
And fans are less than happy with the late postponement with some away supporters making a 150-mile round trip today.
One person said: “Imagine travelling from Derry to be told 15 minutes before original throw in that games been cancelled. That’s a disgrace.”
Stephen McCabe said: “What an absolute joke 15 minutes before the start!”
Conall McNally added: “All travelling Derry fans should be compensated for their travel expenses. Calling a game off 15 minutes before the game time is a farce.”
Down’s game with the University of Ulster and Monaghan’s tie with Donegal have also been postponed.
The @BankofIrelandUK Dr McKenna Cup Round 2 game between @Armagh_GAA and @Doiregaa today in the Athletic Grounds has been postponed on the advice of the referee due to player safety concerns on frozen areas of the pitch. Re-fixture details to follow. #BOIMcKennaCup
— Ulster GAA (@UlsterGAA) January 7, 2018
Main image by Patrick Hughes