The decision by the Mayo board not to fulfil the fixture has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Connaught GAA Council, who are responsible for running the league which has a number of third level intuitions as well as teams from the province’s five counties.
Ironically, the Mayo board cite the pressure on the clubs to fulfil Connaught club fixtures, as set by the Connaught Council, as the primary reason for pulling out of the trip, with the dates for teams playing in the Connaught senior and intermediate championships set in stone.
However, there is a strong feeling that some compromise should and could have been reached and maybe even at the 11th hour the trip to New York could be rescheduled for a different date, perhaps early in the new year, before the season kicks in.
The FBD competition was viewed as an ideal precursor to the national league and provided a chance for players aspiring to make the county panel to get an opportunity to show their wares.
The prize for the winner of the home final is a trip to New York but Mayo have pointed to their extended All-Ireland run along with pressure on club fixtures and players as the reason why they are unable to fulfil the fixture.