Poor weather wreaks havoc on Limerick junior soccer schedule once again

Due to persistent poor weather conditions for the month of January, a host of junior soccer matches in the Limerick District League have been postponed. A select few games including Limerick District League’s Oscar Traynor Trophy clash away to West Cork, have survived the harsh weather until Sunday morning at least.

It is a vital game as Limerick need to pick up the victory in order to prolong their stay in the competition. Any matches taking place on astroturf will also go ahead.

Pike Rovers youth team travel to Waterford to face Dungarvan in the Munster Youth Cup on Sunday with a 2pm kick-off. The division 4 clash between Aisling Annacotty D and Atlunkard Villa C will also go ahead at the astroturf facility in Annacotty. Furthermore, the division 2B meeting of Aisling Annacotty C and Kennedy Park will also go ahead at the same venue on Sunday morning at 11am.

It is the fourth week in a row that there has been a blanket call off on local fixtures which provides a headache for the LDMC for the remainder of the season. Limerick junior soccer season’s usually finish at the end of April or the start of May at the very latest.

However, the backlog of fixtures may drag the season into the end of May and possibly even June if the rain fails to abate quickly. Or possibly more troublesome is the idea that junior players will be asked to play every two to three days from late March onwards in order to meet the usual deadline. The risk of injury would increase if this were to occur.

The introduction of summer soccer has been muted in recent times as the same situation occurs yearly. However, that switch would cause a few problems itself and would take lengthy discussion to garner support and ratify.

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