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GAA: CAVAN MULL VENUE OVER.

Byline: JACKIE CAHILL

CAVAN fans will have to get their road maps out as Mullingar has been chosen by the GAC as the venue for the NFL semi-final against Roscommon on Sunday week.

Breffni boss Mattie Kerrigan was hoping for a double bill in Clones, and Longford was another possible venue for the clash against the Connacht champions.

But fanatical Cavan fans will have to venture into the midlands and supporters hailing from the north-west of the county face a round trip of 160 miles.

Kerrigan said: "We had no choice in the matter and we'll just take what we're given.

"We're not familiar with Mullingar, but by all accounts it's a very good pitch.

"I thought it might be in Clones and it's a long trip for our supporters.

"But still I have no doubt they'll travel in droves as they're very enthusiastic and it's nice to see them get a few good days out."

Tyrone meet Mayo in the other Division 1 semi-final in Enniskillen while the Division 2 semi-final between Armagh and Laois takes place in Longford.

A venue for the Meath-Kerry game won't be confirmed until next week after the NHL quarter-final pairings are known.

Meanwhile Cavan boss Kerrigan is fighting a mini injury crisis ahead of the Roscommon showdown.

Shannon Gaels clubman and skipper Anthony Forde has a rib problem but is expected to be fit.

But Eamonn Reilly (ankle), Colm Hannon (hip) and Gerard Pierson (back) are all rated as doubtful.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2002
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