Wednesday 26 June 2019

Bohs withdraw from Irn-Bru Cup following pitch debacle

'Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron Bolger has joined Cardiff City on a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.' Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
'Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron Bolger has joined Cardiff City on a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.' Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bohemians have withdrawn from the Irn-Bru Cup due to the scheduling problems created by the postponement of their quarter final tie with East Fife on Saturday.

A large travelling contingent from the Scottish club were fuming when the game was called off just before the scheduled kick-off time due to a frozen portion of the pitch at Dalymount Park.

East Fife had been assured by Scottish authorities that they would not be forced to travel to Ireland again.

And the semi-final of the competition is due to take place in just ten days time, which presented Bohs and the authorities with a logistical headache.

They held talks with the Scottish organisers yesterday following on from internal talks involving manager Keith Long which led to their decision to withdraw from the experimental tournament due to concerns about the 'distracting effect' it could have on the start of their domestic campaign.

Bohs' league opener with Finn Harps would have been postponed if they had advanced past East Fife.

The saga raises questions about the future of League of Ireland clubs in the competition given that the seasons do not overlap.

There is some disquiet in Scotland over the idea to invite representatives from Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to compete in the knockout competition for their lower league clubs.

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron Bolger has joined Cardiff City on a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

Rovers say that the loan part of the arrangement was completed ahead of the transfer deadline. However, it's expected that Bolger (18) will spend the rest of the English season with their U-23 side.

The Irish U-19 international was unlikely to figure prominently for Stephen Bradley's team this season after their winter recruitment in the midfield department with high profile arrivals Jack Byrne and Aaron McEneff coming in alongside Dylan Watts, Ronan Finn, Greg Bolger and Sam Bone.

It was expected that the younger Bolger would try his luck across the water with a view to securing a career there and Cardiff will function as his entry point.

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