RTÉ Sport has announced details of it’s live coverage of the All Ireland Football Final Replay on Saturday and there is no room on TV or Radio for Joe Brolly.
The Saturday Game Live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will get underway an hour before throw in at 5 pm, hosted by Joanne Cantwell with Pat Spillane, Ciaran Whelan and former Mayo manager and Donegal backroom team member Stephen Rochford in the studio.
Rochford replaces Brolly who has been a regular throughout the season, often providing points of controversy that gets the nation’s water coolers heating up.
In the first game his comments on Kerry ‘Propaganda’ influencing referee David Gough fitted the bill but he did later apologise to the referee.
Brolly has been quiet on social media since the news broke so we don’t know his views on it or indeed, whether he is even going to be in the country on Saturday.
Ger Canning will once again be on the TV commentary with Kevin McStay alongside.
Jacqui Hurley and Darren Frehill will be joined on Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 by Alan Brogan, Conor McManus and Colm Cooper with Darragh Maloney joined by Oisín McConville on commentary.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will also have full live commentary on Saturday.
On Saturday evening (10.00pm) the Saturday Game will see Des Cahill and guests Colm O’Rourke, Sean Cavanagh and Tomás Ó Sé look back at the afternoon’s action while Marty Morrissey will be at the winners’ hotel. The programme will also feature the football team of the year announcement.
Tickets for the Replay are in even higher demand than for the Final and will be distributed out through clubs and usual channel during the next couple of evenings.
The price of the tickets was reduced by one third for the replay with a number of Juvenile tickets priced at €10 also put into circulation.
No tickets will go on general sale.
The TV audience for the first game picked at 1.1 million and the replay sttretching into primetime on Saturday night would suggest that any sort of a close game will see that figure topped and the highest TV audience of the year to date tuning in.
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