Last week-end was a major disappointment for all supporters in the club, as the entire programme of fixtures had to be called off because Hamilton Park was unplayable. To compound the club’s woes, the U-13 squad travelled to Athlone on Saturday for the Connacht Cup semi-final against Buccaneers, and the home referee abandoned the game at half-time because he deemed the pitch at Marist College was unplayable. At that juncture scores were level 0-0, and although the Sligo management felt playing conditions were adequate to complete the game, and were willing to play on, the game did not restart.
Having made the long journey to Athlone following an assurance from Buccaneers on Saturday morning that the pitch was playable, Sligo will now be making strong representations to the Connacht Branch to have the refixture in Sligo.
All games fixed for Hamilton Park were called off, as both pitches was declared unplayable following an inspection on Friday afternoon, so the Connacht U-14 Cup semi-final between Sligo and Westport could not go on, and Westport were immediately informed of this. A friendly U-15 fixture between Sligo and the touring Stratford-on-Avon side from England, had also to be called off, to the disappointment of all involved, as had Sunday’s Connacht Junior 2 League game between Sligo and Castlebar.
The week-end of inactivity highlights the absolute urgency for the club to expedite the construction of its all weather facilities.