The President’s Cup final may not take place this season after Sunday’s game between Dundalk FC and Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park was called off on safety grounds due to Storm Ciara.
While the official announcement from the FAI said a new date would be set for the game in due course, it’s understood that a re-fixture suits neither team now that the league season is due to get underway this weekend.
Speaking on Monday morning, Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth said it was “hard to know” if it would be re-fixed.
“The problem with it now is if it’s played on a Monday night, it’s probably devalued because both teams won’t play their strongest teams,” he said.
Dundalk are the current holders of the President’s Cup having beaten Cork City 2-1 in last year’s final at Turner’s Cross.
Speaking about the game being called off, Perth said he was “very disappointed”.
He said: “I was in Oriel myself at 3pm and it wasn’t that bad but when I went home last night and watched the news I can understand why it was called off.
“It would have been another chance to give players some minutes and I had intended to use six substitutes but at the same time we’ve probably played more games in pre-season this year than any other so we’re in a good place and the game being off allows us a normal training week ahead of the Derry game on Friday.”
The Lilywhites and Rovers are due to meet each other in the fourth league game of the season at Tallaght Stadium. The game on Friday February 28th will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two.