FAI 'monitoring' weather ahead of Dundalk visit to Brandywell

The Lilywhites beat Limerick 8-0 on a snowy night at Oriel Park on Tuesday

Barry Landy


Barry Landy



FAI 'monitoring' weather ahead of Dundalk visit to Brandywell

Oriel Park experienced some adverse weather on Tuesday. PIC: Dundalk FC Twitter

Developing weather conditions are being monitored by the Football Association of Ireland ahead of this weekend's schedule of games in the SSE Aitricity League Premier Division with Dundalk FC's clash with Derry City at the Brandywell under threat from the severe weather. 

Stephen Kenny's side proved the cold weather was no obstacle on Tuesday evening as they smashed Limerick 8-0 at Oriel Park courtesy of goals Stephen Folan, Karolis Chvedukas, Robbie Benson and Dylan Connolly with Patrick Hoban and Dylan Connolly each bagging a brace. 

However, the Lilywhites might he told to put their feet up on Friday night with weather expected to deteriorate further in the next 48 hours. Dundak are slated to play Kenny Shiels' Derry in the first game at the refurbished Brandywell Stadium. 

'All games set to take place this weekend in the SSE Airtricity League are being closely monitored due to the Status Red warning issued by Met Eireann,' the FAI said in a statement this morning. 

'The Football Association of Ireland has been working closely with all clubs throughout the week to receive regular updates on facilities, safety around the stadiums, and the condition of the pitches.

'The FAI, along with the clubs, will monitor the situation over the next 24 hours and a statement will be issued to notify supporters should a decision be taken to postpone any and all games.'

The facilities at the new Brandywell should be better equipped than most to deal with the severe weather conditions but a decision is likely to be made in the interests of safety of the supporters travelling to the match, as well as conditions inside the stadium itself. 

Stephen Kenny won four League Cups and one FAI Cup with Derry City, as well as guiding the Candystripes to promotion from Division One in 2010. Dundalk have a number of ex-Derry players in their first team squad including new signing Dean Jarvis and winger Michael Duffy.

Meanwhile, Friday's Kentucky Derby meeting at Dundalk Racecourse has been cancelled due to the adverse weather forecast and hazardous driving conditions. It will now take place on Friday, March 9th.