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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Pike prepared to go the 'extra yard'

Pike Rovers look set to go the "extra yard" if they don't get the right result in their arbitration hearing in Dublin next Wednesday.

Pike manager Declan Considine confirmed yesterday that the clubs arbitration hearing in regards to their FAI Junior Cup dispute with Tipperary side St Michael's will be heard in Abbotstown this Wednesday (2.30pm)

Pike are in dispute with 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 on 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 and the Limerick side went to arbitration. Considine, who manages the Hoops along with co-manager Declan Casey, admitted that it was a tense and costly time for the club.

The former Irish junior international said they would wait until the result of the arbitration hearing before deciding their next move. However, he added that if arbitration didn't go their way that they were prepared to go the extra yard.

Meanwhile, Clonmel Town are also awaiting the outcome of the arbitration hearing. The Town will meet either Pike or St Michael's in the semi final. Fairview Rangers, who are targeting an historic eight FAI Junior Cup, await the winners in the final.

Pike and Fairview shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in Limerick's Premier League yesterday.

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