Sligo Rovers and Cork City say that unity will be important for the league going forward as the sides are set to face off in a unique fundraising match to be played virtually this weekend.
The game, hosted by the Bit O’ Red, will take place on the night the teams were due to be played in The Showgrounds. Both clubs have been busy preparing for the game, in order to bring the supporters an experience as close to a real broadcast as possible.
The match will be broadcast live on YouTube, played on FIFA 20, with commentary from RTE Sport’s Adrian Eames and analysis from Alan Cawley of Soccer Republic. RTE Soccer Correspondent Tony O’Donoghue will bring us the news ahead of the game
A match programme has been made by Sligo, which will be a souvenir item with lots of different features, with Tommie Gorman and Tony O’Donoghue writing articles over 24 pages. The Bit O’ Red are also hosting a half-time raffle, which tickets for, along with the e-programme, can be purchased from srfcdirect.com.
Ahead of the virtual game, Cork City chairman Declan Carey said: “We are delighted to take part in what is another great fundraising initiative by a League of Ireland club. What these times have taught us is that it’s important to pull together in times of need.”
Tickets are priced at €10, and City supporters can purchase theirs through Eventbrite here. A link to the stream will be sent by email on the day of the match.