The Connacht FBD League clash between Mayo and Galway was set to be one of the most intriguing ties of the weekend, as a sizeable crowd travelled to McHale Park in Castlebar.
However, with weather warnings in place over the cold temperatures, the adverse conditions had their say, and the pitch was unplayable come throw-in time. The call was made for the game to be postponed but this was not until the 11th hour, meaning the supporters who had made the trip were facing the journey home having not seen the action.
Speaking to RTÉ, Galway manager Kevin Walsh conceded it was the right call to postpone the game, but lamented the late hour at which this decision was made.
“It was the right call. The lads couldn’t play on that.
“At the same time we’re maybe disappointed the call wasn’t made (earlier)… heading off on a bus from half 11, families heading up, young fellas making debuts. It’s unfortunate it got to this but you’d have to ask the questions why.
“What happened I thought would have been learned 40 years ago. If it was my own place I’d be wondering if the ground was hard or not after it being minus five at night.
“It’s disappointing for the young fellas, families coming up from the likes of Lettermore. It’s almost a two-hour journey. It’s just a pity this wasn’t looked after properly.”
This is sure to unsettle preparations for the two sides, who are looking ahead to their Division 1 campaigns which loom large on the horizon.
Galway start life back in the top tier at home to Tyrone, while Mayo travel to Clones to face Monaghan in three weeks.