Mid-Ulster officials to hold emergency meeting for final date

Winter weather could lead to pitch problems.
Winter weather could lead to pitch problems.

An emergency meeting of the Mid-Ulster Football Association must now take place to arrange a fresh date for the Bob Radcliffe Cup final.

It proved a morning of frustration at Lakeview Park when the Boxing Day showpiece was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Referee Killian Kerr held a pitch inspection around two hours before the 11 o’clock kick-off and felt conditions would prove unsafe.

It marked festive disappointment for the officials, players, management and fans of Loughgall and Armagh City.

“The referee, Killian Kerr, was adamant, absolutely sure the pitch was unsafe,” said Paul Suckling of the Mid-Ulster Football Association. “They tried to use sand but it had no real impact.

“It is obviously disappointing for everyone but you cannot account for the weather.

“The Mid-Ulster Football Association must now hold an emergency meeting to find another date suitable to both clubs.

“It would be impossible to even speculate on a date at this point.”