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Statement from LSL welcomed by Town

Leinster Senior League

Drogheda Town manager Paul Crowley has welcomed the news that the Leinster Senior League aims to conclude its season as soon as health guidelines allow.

The LSL Committee met on Saturday morning following Friday's release of an FAI Policy Document which provides a 'pathway for a safer return to football', and agreed that games would resume in line with HSE and Government guidelines, possibly at the end of August.

They made the decision after a recent survey of member clubs revealed that the overwhelming majority favour completing the current season, and among those are the Marian Park side who are targeting promotion from the Major Sunday division.

Welcoming the LSL statement, Crowley said: 'I would be delighted to get back. We have only five games left and two cup competitions and whatever about the cups - I don't know how feasible it is to finish them - it's important to get the league concluded anyway.'

Currently lying third - there are three promotion spots - Town face a battle to stay there as they've played more games than most teams. However, sides like Sheriff YC, who have seven in hand on Town, might struggle if they are faced with a very condensed schedule of matches.

Looking at the table, Crowley reflected: 'It's not in our own hands unfortunately, but from where we came from - with no pre-season and 15 new players - the lads have been excellent.'

The one disappointment is that amateur clubs such as Drogheda Town have been told they can't return to full collective training until August 10th, much later than anticipated.

'We met with the board last week and put together a plan which we felt would be safe. We have one of the best facilities, not just in the town but in the country, and we definitely could have safeguarded it, but we will follow all the medical advice.

'Everybody is frustrated - the players, staff and volunteers - but to get that message from the league was a breath of fresh air.

'We all want to get back. The unknown was the hard bit and everybody wanted to see some dates, and there's a bit of light there now.'

Drogheda Independent