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Clubs back training for mid-July restart

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Malahide United have Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday glory in their sights after winning the Charlie Cahill Cup last season

Malahide United have Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday glory in their sights after winning the Charlie Cahill Cup last season

Malahide United have Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday glory in their sights after winning the Charlie Cahill Cup last season

As restrictions continue to ease, soccer clubs around Fingal were back training this week as the Leinster Senior League get ready to announce their plans to finish the 2019/20 season.

The word over the weekend was that the league are looking to return to action as soon as July 17th as long as there are no surges in coronavirus cases nationwide.

In May the FAI declared that the earliest date football could return would be August 28th and the LSL's initial plan saw them hope to have the season completed by October 6th, before starting the 2020/21 campaign just 10 days later.

However, according to Malahide United chairman Don Butler there are efforts at the moment to start the league even sooner thanks to the Government's decision to fast-track through the phases. This will be music to the ears of all involved with Malahide who currently lead the Senior Sunday division with just nine games remaining.

According to Butler the players are delighted to be back training and looking forward to finishing the season.

'The boys all returned to training last Thursday evening and there was a great buzz around the place. They've had such a magnificent season to date and it looked at one stage that the whole campaign was going to be voided.

'But thankfully we now know that we will be able to finish the season and the boys are determined to give it their all for the last nine league games. We've also got two semi-finals to look forward to, so there's a lot to play for this season.'

All clubs under the jurisdiction of the FAI were permitted to make a safe return to training in line with the FAI's Protocol and Government guidelines from last Monday, and the likes of Malahide, Portmarnock, Swords Celtic, Glebe North, Skerries Town, Rush Athletic, Rivervalley Rangers and Balbriggan have all returned to training (albeit non-contact for the moment) in the last week as players and coaches get ready for a restart.

AUL sides, however, will continue to sit it out as that league decided to cancel the 2019/20 season and concentrate on gearing up for the new season.

There is certainly still plenty to play for as many local clubs chase silverware, including Rush Athletic who like Malahide are in contention for league glory.

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