"Lopsided" provincial championships a massive issue, says Poacher

November 12, 2019

Carlow's Danny Moran with Con O'Callaghan of Dublin.
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Former Carlow coach Steven Poacher says the provincial football championships are “lopsided” but could still work with “an awful lot of re-jigging”.

The Down native recently stepped down from his post after three seasons with the Barrowsiders and has been critical of the provincial systems in a recent interview with the Irish Daily Star.

“There is an awful lot of re-jigging that could work,” Poacher stated.

“I know Roscommon got a bit of a kick out of winning Connacht, but realistically you could win a Connacht title and I’m not being disrespectful to the teams I mention, by beating New York, Leitrim and Sligo.

“It’s not right. Yet, Down might have to win Ulster by beating Tyrone, Donegal, Armagh, and if they’re in a preliminary round, they could also have to beat Fermanagh or Derry before that.

“There’s a massive issue with how lopsided the provincials are.”

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