TUMMERY Athletic have been left bewildered by the decision of the Irish Football Association to postpone the fonaCAB Irish Junior Cup final.
The Dromore team had been gearing up for the traditional May Day Bank Holiday decider at the National Stadium Windsor Park on May 6 but at the weekend were informed that the decider had been put back owing to an ongoing investigation into the alleged playing of an ineligible player by their opponents Bessbrook United.
Following their 3-1 semi-final win over holders Enniskillen Rangers on April 1, the IFA discovered a discrepancy in the Bessbrook team sheet. But following further investigation and at least two meetings of the competition’s organising committee it was decided that Carbane League side should take their place in the showpiece final against Athletic who had recorded a magnificent 2-1 semi-final triumph over Belfast opponents Willowbank at Dungannon Swifts’ Stangmore Park.
However the matter was discussed at an IFA board meeting on Thursday night and it was decided that the matter required further scrutiny.
A meeting of the board has now been pencilled in for May 8 and the IFA has subsequently postponed next Monday’s final and provisionally rescheduled it for Saturday, May 18 back at the National Stadium.
The whole saga has left a bitter taste in the mouth for all involved with Tummery, who had been making unprecdented preparations for their historic first ever appearance in the final of junior football’s prestigious cup competition.
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