The FAI Junior Cup
PIKE Rovers' FAI Junior Cup semi final against Newmarket Celtic of Clare will go ahead as planned this Sunday at 2pm, despite the pitch at the Pike Club suffering damage this afternoon.
CCTV footage has confirmed that horses were left on to the pitch this afternoon and made their way through the 'B' training pitch and onto the 'A' pitch where the game is set to take place.
Thanks to the hard work of our excellent members and supporters we have got the pitch back into pristine condition for the game Nothing is going to stop us from playing this game at home "Let The Hoops Roll On "— PikeRovers FC (@PikeRoversFC) April 7, 2018
It is believed that the people responsible for the horses making their way on to the private property have been apprehended.
A club spokesman confirmed to the Limerick Leader this Saturday evening that the game will go ahead as planned, stating that the damage was not ideal but it should not affect the game taking place in one of Ireland's most famous cups.
Pike Rovers volunteers had spent most of Saturday setting up the club for the tie which is expected to attract a large crowd from both Limerick and Clare. The club spokesman also wanted to thank those who had helped repair the damage caused by those who broke the fences and allowed animals into the ground. (Tweet below shows the work done today)
Just under 24 hours to go until kickoff. Thanks to everyone that volunteered their time throughout the week to get the place ready for tomorrow’s big game. All we need now is for everyone to come up wearing green and white and cheer on the Hoops. Let the Hoops roll on. pic.twitter.com/jLdkbVGL2q— PikeRovers FC (@PikeRoversFC) April 7, 2018
- For a full report on the game tomorrow, see Monday's Limerick Leader