Re­union is put on hold

New Ross Standard - - SPORT -

THE EX­PECTED Wex­ford re­union in League One across the wa­ter was un­for­tu­nately put on hold last Satur­day when an un­playable pitch forced the post­pone­ment of Rochdale’s clash with Fleet­wood Town.

Ryan De­laney from New Ross was set to lock horns with Kevin O’Con­nor of Screen, less than twelve months af­ter both were key fig­ures in the Cork City de­fence en route to an ad­mirable league and cup dou­ble.

De­laney moved on from Bur­ton Al­bion af­ter his loan term on Lee­side ex­pired, drop­ping down a di­vi­sion on a two and a half year deal with the guar­an­tee of reg­u­lar playing time.

Mean­while, O’Con­nor has been farmed out on loan by Pre­ston boss Alex Neil un­til the end of the sea­son, al­though a per­ma­nent move could be on the cards as the Deep­dale crew seem to be top heavy with de­fend­ers af­ter a few ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers re­turned from in­jury.

The Rochdale pitch was like a throw­back to those grass-free fields of the 1970s in their 1-0 FA Cup re­play win over Mill­wall.

And hope­fully it will be in bet­ter nick on Sun­day when Ryan and his col­leagues are set to face the might of Spurs in the fifth round.

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