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Lennon blasts weekend fixture fiasco

Cavan players view the waterlogged Healy Park

Cavan players view the waterlogged Healy Park

TYRONE senior hurling manager Mattie Lennon was a figure of pure frustration following Sunday afternoon’s fixture planning fiasco that saw his teams scheduled NHL Division 3A clash against Donegal postponed not once but twice.

The game, which was originally penned in as a curtain raiser to the Division One football tussle between Tyrone and Cavan in Omagh, was moved at 11.15am to Carrickmore.

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The two teams were present at headquarters when the decision was made and, having made their way to the alternative venue, they were informed the game was off due to an unplayable pitch.

Lennon was understandably annoyed.

“Anyone watching the weather forecasts over the last couple of days knew that there was going to be heavy rainfall today,” he fumed.

“There should have been a plan B put in place last night because Omagh is a heavy pitch and it was never going to hold two matches.”

Sunday’s postponement could lead to a fixture problem for Tyrone in the coming weeks and, Lennon was ruling out the possibility of playing the game over St Patrick’s weekend.

“There is a chance we will be asked to play it on St Patrick’s weekend but that will not be happening as far as I am concerned because we will have a number of players unavailable at that time for various reasons,” he said.

Tyrone will travel to Letterkenny next Sunday for the return leg.

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