IT has been announced that all Danske Bank Premiership fixtures have been postponed for the next two weeks, due to the rapid rise of Covid-19 cases throughout the country.
In all, three matchdays are impacted, with fixtures due to resume on Saturday 23rd January, according to the Northern Ireland Football League.
Covid testing for players, coaches and officials will also be arranged ahead of the return, later this month.
NIFL release the following statement on Friday evening:
“The NI Football League, with support from the Irish FA, has agreed to halt the Dankse Bank Premiership for three matchdays from 6pm on Saturday evening (9 January) until Saturday 23 January.
“Having considered views of membership and all key stakeholders the decision has been taken in light of the continued Covid-19 pandemic.
“Matches will be scheduled to resume on Saturday 23 January and prior to those games commencing Covid-19 testing for players, coaches and officials will be arranged to ensure a safe return to play.”
With Saturday’s trip to Carrick Rangers already postponed, it means the next outing for Tiernan Lynch’s men is the scheduled trip to Seaview on Saturday 23rd January, when we face Crusaders. This game is live on Sky Sports, with a 12.30pm kick-off.