Refusal to postpone Cork soccer cup final over clash with Confirmation angers parents

Refusal to postpone Cork soccer cup final over clash with Confirmation angers parents

Parents have cried foul after a Cork soccer league refused to postpone an underage cup final which clashes with their children’s Confirmation ceremonies.

The Avondale United FC U13 girls team, which can’t field a team for the match, now look set to forfeit the game after the Cork Women and Schoolgirls Soccer League (CWSSL) decided to press ahead with the final as scheduled at St Colman’s Park in Cobh this Saturday, May 14.

The parents of players on the team have now issued a last-minute appeal to the CWSSL to reschedule the match, so that they don’t have to choose between Confirmations and a cup final.

A spokesperson for Avondale said the club was hugely disappointed at the league’s decision to press ahead with the match without Avondale, and that their thoughts at this stage were primarily with the disappointed girls involved.

Avondale qualified for the final by beating Riverstown in the semi-final last Monday.

Their U13 final against Midleton is one of five underage league finals scheduled to be played in St Colman’s Park from 1pm on Saturday.

But nine players and two coaches from the Avondale team have Confirmations around the same time on Saturday. On top of that, several other players on the team will be away on school trips.

Combined, it means that 11 of the team’s 16-person squad who were available for selection for last Monday’s semi-final are unavailable for selection for Saturday’s final.

Despite an offer from Avondale to play the final at another date, at Midleton’s pitch, and at a time of Midleton’s choosing, league administrators decided that the final should go ahead without Avondale.

It was decided that Midleton would play the beaten semi-finalists Riverstown instead.

However, it’s understood Riverstown will decline the offer to play the game and it is unclear what decision will be taken next.

One of the parents of a child on the Avondale t

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