Flores: 13 Games Is Better Than None!
The news that Jordan Flores and every League of Ireland fan has been craving finally arrived on Tuesday afternoon when it was confirmed that the SSE Airtricity League will resume on Friday, July 31st.
Following a meeting at Abbotstown, the National League Executive Committee decided on one of the four options available which will see the league resume as planned with two rounds of fixtures, 18 in total, and counting results of matches played to date.
Relegation will stay as-is with one club automatically promoted from the First Division, with one club automatically relegated. A play-off will take place between the ninth-placed Premier Division club and the winner of the First Division play-off series involving the teams that finish 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the First Division. The winner of the play-off will play in the Premier Division in 2021 season.
The outcome means that Dundalk have just 13 matches to try and retain their title and although he would have preferred a longer campaign, Flores said that 13 games were better than none!
“As players, I think all of us would rather have a longer season,” said Flores. “It’s been so long without football and when we get back it’s going to be cut short again but a few weeks ago it didn’t look like we’d have any games at all.
“I think it’s important to remember we’re still in a pandemic and, unfortunately, we can’t do anything more at the minute. We’ll just have to come back for those 13 games and give everything for the fans, wherever they may be watching!
“We’ve all been working hard through the lockdown and we’ve been back in training a few weeks now for this so it’s good to finally have it confirmed and we can’t wait for the first game back now.”
The league’s return also means that Flores’s wonder goal against Shamrock Rovers back in February will not be etched from the history books!
“Everyone has been asking me if the league is cancelled, would that goal be cancelled too,” he laughed. “Just deleted off the internet! Thankfully, that’s not the case and it’ll still count and hopefully, I can add a few more.
“We always had that date in the back of our heads anyway and we have a couple of friendlies lined up as well to make sure we peak for it. We’ll also have the Champions League in August so we know that we need to be ready.”
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