The long, drawn-out Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup first round, involving Premier Division sides Torro United and Trim Celtic, finally came to a conclusion having being previously scheduled on six occasions.
The tie looked to be heading for a seventh scheduling after Torro declared their pitch unplayable, as a result of the returning sub-zero temperatures affecting morning fixtures, but they then conceded home advantage on the day only for the referee to rule Tully Park unplayable.
With great co-operation from both sides, and the MDL, not to mention an extremely helpful referee, Jimmy Carroll, from the Louth Branch ISRS, the game went ahead.
The match finally took place in the afternoon, and it was Trim Celtic who advanced to the second round by 2-0 with goals from David Conway, and Arron Newman. They now meet Glenmuir United next Sunday in what is a repeat pairing of last season's final. Trim will be hoping for revenge and will be go into the game with renewed confidence given their great run, which has also put them into a challenging position for the league title. Elsewhere in the Cup, OMP got through to the third round with a 4-1 win against Castle Villa under lights on Friday evening, and three-times winners Dromin United joined them as a result of an impressive 3-0 success at home to Boyne Harps, thus avenging a defeat in the Kiolmessan Shield earlier in the season.