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Friday 24 November 2017

Cloud hanging over us says Pike boss Considine

Pike Rovers expect that their arbitration appeal will be heard in the next eight to ten days according to club manager Declan Considine.

Pike are in dispute with Tipperary side St Michael's, who they beat 4-2 in the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup at Cooke Park in March

However, following that defeat St Michael's lodged a protest with the FAI Junior Council.

The appeal was lodged the grounds that six Pike player were ineligible.

The appeal centered on the re-grading of players from League of Ireland clubs back to junior soccer.

The FAI Junior Council ruled that in the interest of fair play that the tie should be replayed, but both clubs appealed that decision to the FAI Senior Council.

However, the senior body ruled against Pike last Tuesday week and Pike have gone to arbitration. Considine, a former Irish junior international admitted that it was a tense time for the club.

"We won 4-0 in the Lawson Cup today and that was our thirty fifth win in thirty nine games. We've only lost twice all season. That just shows the level of commitment the players have shown this club.

"Unfortunately, we have this cloud hanging over us with what is happening at the moment. I expect that the arbitration appeal will be heard sometime in the next ten days It is a very anxious time time for everyone involved with Pike Rovers."

Constable gives Carew survival chance

Meanwhile, Ger Constable hit the only goal of the game as Carew Park enhanced their prospects of Premier Division survival with a 1-0 win over Janesboro yesterday.

Kilmallock also collected a valuable three points in their bid to beat the drop after beating Mungret 4-1 and Stephen Burke notched a hat-trick as Corbally United beat already relegated Geraldine's 5-1.

Rovers' remarkable recovery

Summerville Rovers staged the come back of all come backs in the Division 1A Cup semi final against Caherdavin.

Trailing 3-0 at half time, the Ballinacurra club hit four without reply to snatch a 4-3 win.

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