Reaction to Harps’ game being postponed at short notice – Buckley wants league season extended


There was a very late postponement of the League of Ireland Premier Division match last night between Finn Harps and St. Patrick’s Athletic after referee Tommy Connolly deemed a small section of the Finn Park pitch at the river end too wet and thus unsafe for the game to go ahead.

There had been heavy rain in Ballybofey during the afternoon. Despite work by the club’s ground staff Mr Connolly called the game off at around 7.15.

In a statement Finn Harps Football Club apologised for the late postponement, but adding it was due circumstances that were beyond its control and the referee had made the decision based on his concern for player safety.
Meanwhile, St. Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley felt that the authorities need to look at extending the season.

Like Buckley, the Harps camp accepted the decision of the referee, although many present did feel the pitch was playable.

Aidan Campbell, Finn Harps commercial officer, gave his reaction.