Officials to wait and see

Officials to wait and see

Officials to wait and see

Tom COMACK

Donegal League officials - like all other sporting officials - are taking a particularly keen interest in the weather forecast as the cold snap threatens another weekend programme of games.

Having lost two weekends out of their programme already, Donegal officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the forcast thaw for today (Thursday) materialises and if it does hopes are high that the scheduled round of games in the FAI and Ulster Junior Cups games can go ahead.

Already one game in the FAI Junior Cup, the Erne Wanders versus Lagan Harps, which was due to be played last night at the Lakeside Centre, in Ballyshannon has been put back 24 hours and has been fixed for tonight (Thursday).

"The Lakeside Centre was frozen and not playable but we are hopeful given the forecast and the impending thaw that the game being played on Thursdy night," Donegal League secretary Christine O'Donnell told the Democrat.

Regarding the weekend of games the secretary said that a decision would be either taken tonight (Thursday) or Friday morning on whether or not those games can go ahead.

"It all hinges on the forecasted thaw if it comes we should be okay but if doesn't then that is a different story all together. But we will know better by Thursday / Friday and we will take a decision then. "All pitches in the county are covered in snow and are unplayable at the moments and also it is going to take them sometime to thaw out. But it is not just about the pitches we have also to take into consideration the roads and whether or not it is safe for teams and supporters to travel."

The Donegal League's weekend programme of games in the Willie Duffy and Glencar Inn Saturday League, the Brian McCormick Sports Premier League and the C.T. Ball Division Two and the F.A.I and Ulster Junior Cup.

If the schedule should once again be hit by the weather any games the plan is to play any games not played the following weekend Saturday and Sunday December 19/20. This weekend had been set aside in the League's master plan for backlog games.

While two round of games in the League's programme have been lost over the last two weekends, the league is well up to date and is only one round of games behind overall.

"Because of our experience last January and February we pushed on with the games and with the exception of a couple games up to the last two weekends we were pretty up to date and in fact were a little ahead of schedule. And besides this weekend's scheduled was to be our final round of games before our mid season break.

"The clubs have been brilliant and have played every weekend and overall we are in a good position and if we get this weekend's games played we will have only lost a round of games overall."

The league was due to break this weekend for Christmas, returning again on the weekend of January 4/5. But with the Donegal League due to play Cavan - Louth in the Oscar Traynor Cup the break may have to be extended by a week or else return with a limited programme of games.

But for now Christina O'Donnell and her colleagues the focus is very much on this weekend and it is fingers crossed that the thaw forecast for today materialise. If it does there is a fair chance but not absolutely certain that the weekend's games will go ahead.