Friday 22 March 2019

No home comforts for town


Paul Byrne

Skerries Town have been dealt a blow after officials from the FAI informed them that their home in Park Lane has not met the desired criteria to host the upcoming FAI Cup tie against Premier Division outfit Waterford.

However, the good news for Skerries supporters is that the game will still be played locally, thanks to Skerries Rugby Club's offer to host the game on Saturday August 11th.

According to Skerries club chairman Frank Coughlan, last Tuesday's decision by the FAI not to allow them to play the game in Park Lane was disappointing, but he was happy that the game would remain in Skerries.

'Yeah, we spent a bit of money trying to get the pitch and grounds up to the required standards, but unfortunately the FAI have deemed that we don't meet all the criteria needed to hold a tie of this magnitude.

'Obviously we're disappointed and I'm not going to get into the ins and outs of why they say we didn't reach the required standards, but the good news is that thanks to our friends at Skerries Rugby Club the tie will go ahead in the village.

'The game will be easier to manage up in the rugby club and the main thing is we now know for certain where the game will be played and can get on with promoting the game locally and getting the team ready for the game.

'We'd like to thank everybody at Skerries Rugby Club for accommodating us and we hope to have a big crowd along to cheer us on against Waterford.

I know Alan Sweeney, the manager, has got the boys training hard and they are raring to go for what will be a huge test for them. They've been going well in pre-season and everybody is looking sharp and fit a couple of weeks out from the game.

'We'd be hoping to get 800 people or so into the ground for the match and maybe even more if we can get a bit of a buzz going over the next couple of weeks.

'This is a huge game for the club and we want everybody in the village to come down to the rugby club on Saturday week to cheer on Alan and his team.

'We will be given out all the info regarding the match this week through our social media channels and we look forward to welcoming Waterford to Skerries for this eagerly anticipated cup tie.'

Fingal Independent