Donegal-Tyrone won't budge regardless of potential hurling extra-time
THERE will be no late alterations to the throw-in time for the sold-out Super 8s clash between Donegal and Tyrone, regardless of what happens in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final replay.
Having confirmed after Saturday’s epic 1-30 apiece draw that Clare and Galway would reconvene in Thurles at 2pm this Sunday, the GAA yesterday rubber-stamped the rest of this weekend’s fixtures.
There was some surprise that the clash between the two Ulster rivals – for which no tickets remain on general sale, and all those through the two counties are expected to be rapidly snapped up - hadn’t been pushed back to 4pm, which would have provided the traditional buffer between two live televised games.
The GAA has opted for 2pm and 4pm throw-ins on the majority of its live Sunday TV double-headers in recent years, but a spokesperson told The Irish News that changing the 3.30pm throw-in time in Ballybofey at this stage would have been an issue because of the number of tickets already sold.
It will be shown live on RTÉ One, with coverage beginning from 3pm, while the hurling replay will be live on RTÉ2.
There’s a chance that it could run on and overlap with the beginning of the football, even were it to conclude in normal time, but viewers with an interest in both will be praying there’s no more extra-time to come in Semple Stadium.
In that event, the GAA confirmed that there will be “no interference in timings” as the two games are being broadcast on separate stations, meaning that if extra-time were to occur in the hurling, viewers would have to choose.
Clare and Galway’s second meeting will overlap for certain with the inaugural All-Ireland U20 football final between Mayo and Kildare, which will shown on TG4 and throws in at 1.15pm in Croke Park.
Dublin’s dead-rubber with already-eliminated Roscommon, which throws in at 3.30pm as part of a double-header with the U20s, will be shown live on RTÉ News Now.
Live TV schedule for Sunday
All-Ireland U20 football final, 1.15pm: Kildare v Mayo (TG4)
All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay, 2pm: Clare v Galway (RTÉ2)
All-Ireland SFC Super 8s, 3.30pm: Donegal v Tyrone (RTÉ One)
All-Ireland SFC Super 8s, 3.30pm: Dublin v Roscommon (RTÉ News Now)