Michael Quinn pictured in action for Longford.
With the Semple Stadium pitch unable to take two games on Sunday last, the first part of the National League double header between the Tipperary and Longford footballers was postponed and has been refixed for the same venue this Saturday evening, 5pm.
Due to the very wet weather, a decision was made early on Saturday morning to pull the Division 3 football fixture in order to make sure that the Tipperary v Clare Division 1A hurling clash would go ahead as scheduled.
Disappointing news, to say the least, and football was the poorer relation in this case as no alternative venue could be found which seems strange despite the poor state of pitches at the moment.
All of which means that the Tipperary v Longford game is refixed for this Saturday evening, March 11, back at Semple Stadium in Thurles with a 5pm throw-in. and ironically part of another double header with the Tipperary hurlers who take on Kilkenny in the National League (7pm).
The cancellation of the football fixture last weekend will have given All-Star full-forward Michael Quinlivan more time to recover from injury.
Quinlivan was forced to retire after 25 minutes of the Round 3 league game against Laois at O’Moore Park the previous week and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to line-out for Tipperary against Longford.
At least the results in the other Division 3 games played on Sunday last went in favour of Connerton's side with Antrim, Offaly and Laois all losing.
Thus a win over Tipperary will be a big boost in the bid to avoid a relegation battle but it is a difficult task.
Round 4 Results
Armagh 6-22 Offaly 0-10
Louth 2-10 Antrim 0-11
Sligo 0-18 Laois 2-10
Round 4 Re-fixture
Saturday 11 March
Tipperary v Longford
Round 5 Fixtures
Sunday 19 March
Longford v Sligo
Louth v Armagh
Offaly v Tipperary
Antrim v Laois