Brennan claims Portlaoise pitch was unplayable

February 23, 2020

Laois manager Eddie Brennan congratulates his players. ©INPHO/Brian Reilly-Troy.

Laois boss Eddie Brennan has questioned why his side's Allianz Hurling League Division 1 clash with Carlow was allowed to go ahead in MW Hire O'Moore Park last night.

The O'Moore County ground out a 0-15 to 0-14 win to secure their top-flight status for an eighth straight season, but the former Kilkenny star reckoned the pitch was unplayable after hosting four games in one of the wettest weeks seen in a long time. 

“You’d be disappointed (because) for me there’s no way that match should have gone ahead,” he told Laois Today.

“That pitch was in awful condition and I suppose I’d be somewhat apologetic to Carlow that we ended up playing the match like that.

“That is not a groundsman fault. Mother nature intervened all this week. That pitch – even to have it in the nick (it was in), Colm McEvoy did some job. In that regard, maybe we could have made a better decision.”

Brennan praised both teams for serving up such a competitive game in the conditions.

“It doesn’t hide what went on out there. I think both teams deserve massive, massive credit because that was a battle, an absolute slog,” he continued.

“And we know just about came out on the right side of it, barely. I think over the balance of it we deserved that. I’m so proud of Laois boys. Really had to battle, dug in and dug in in terrible conditions and we’re safe now.”

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