FAI postpones EA Sports Cup fixtures as mark of respect for Ryan McBride

The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that it has postponed all Tuesday’s EA Sports Cup fixtures as a mark of respect to late Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

Derry City’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division visit to Galway United, originally due to take place on Saturday, March 25, has also been postponed.

McBride sadly passed away on Sunday, aged 27, shocking the Irish football community.

FAI CEO John Delaney has paid his respects to McBride, and said he would also be honoured at Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales on Friday.

“Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game, with the shocking news about Ryan McBride’s passing,” Delaney said.

“I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to Ryan’s family, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their captain and their inspiration.

“On behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I would like to offer our sympathies to all who were blessed to have known Ryan.

“Ryan’s passing has left a deep shock throughout football. We will remember Ryan with a tribute at Friday night’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Wales.”

The following fixtures will be rescheduled:

Pool 1
Cobh Ramblers v Avondale United
Wexford v Waterford

Pool 2
Finn Harps v Cockhill Celtic
Galway United v Mayo League

Pool 3
Drogheda United v Bray Wanderers
St Patrick’s Athletic v Bluebell United

Pool 4
Athlone Town v Longford Town
Bohemians v Cabinteely

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