Sporting Fingal cease trading

Sporting Fingal have today announced that they will immediately cease operations, after a week of intense speculation about their future in the League of Ireland.

The club, founded in 2007, were due to compete in the League of Ireland and Setanta Sports Cup- with their opening fixture against Lisburn Distillery originally set for next Monday.

But yesterday the club announced that they were unable to compete in this year’s Setanta Sports Cup, and released the 13 players they had signed to the club.

Today, Fingal Director of Football Liam Buckley told RTE Sport of how he is “devastated” at the club’s demise.

Buckley also acknowledged that replacing the funds supplied by developer Gerry Gannon- who originally bankrolled the club but pulled out last summer, was a difficult task.

“Finding a replacement for our supportive backer was always going to be a major challenge but we were pleased with the progress made. Sadly, the suddenness and timing of last week’s sponsorship set-back sent us back to the drawing board, a predicament we were simply unable to overcome so close to the season kick-off.”

Fingal had announced the signing of a new player and the appointment of a new Commercial Manager in recent weeks. The club  won the FAI Cup in 2008, and competed in the UEFA Europa League last season- losing out to Portuguese side CS Maritimo.

Sporting had plans to move into a new sporting complex in Lusk [see the Fingal Independent], to be built by Fingal County Council, which was due to be completed by 2015.

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