Late cancellation of Dolphin match


BUCCANEERS hopes of topping Division 2A of the Energia All-Ireland League suffered a setback without a ball being kicked or a pass made on Saturday as their fixture away to Dolphin was called off shortly before kick-off time at Musgrave Park, Cork, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 virus in the home side’s squad.

This was frustrating for both clubs as the hosts felt they had players returning from injury to bolster their side while Buccs travelled with a settled squad that had been performing well. Perhaps an earlier call should have been made that would have spared the Athlone side unnecessary travel and expense. Due to AIL regulations relating to Covid, the fixture was deemed a scoreless draw with both clubs being awarded two points. Nevertheless, the Pirates retains second spot on the league table where Queen’s University now have a three points’ lead.