Anger at underage GAA fixtures move

A number of Gaelic football and soccer officials have contacted People Sport in recent days to express their dismay at a mooted fixtures change which would see a clash between underage GAA and Roscommon and District Youth Soccer League (RDYSL) matches.

It is claimed the issue arose following the circulation of a master fixtures list by the Roscommon Minor Football Committee, which shows underage football matches scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays, nights traditionally reserved for RDYSL matches.

One soccer official, who did not wish to be named, said the proposed change would result in players being forced to choose between the two sports. Another voiced concerns that players would be forced to “choose which group of friends to let down” each week.

It is believed a number of alternative options were discussed at a meeting of the Minor Committee earlier this week but none of these were accepted.

In a bid to clarify the situation, the Roscommon People contacted both the Minor Football Committee and Roscommon County Board.

A statement from Roscommon GAA on Wednesday evening (yesterday) said they had “no comment to make”.