By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)
After a final night of huge drama in the Premier Division, where Sligo Rovers finished fourth, Finn Harps survived and Shelbourne face a relegation playoff, news filtered through that something major was happening in Limerick soccer circles.
With about ten minutes to go in last nights games Treaty United tweeted that there was some good news coming for soccer fans in the city. Speculation then mounted as to what that might be.
With the city of Limerick starved of top flight football this year due to the demise of Limerick City FC at the end of 2019, it was hoped that Treaty would be in a position to take their place.
Then, just after midnight all was revealed. The club released a press release with confirmation that they will be applying for a First Division licence for the 2021 season.
While 2020 has been a ‘season like no other’ the club say they are fully aware of the challenges in football at present. The board have been working diligently throughout the past 6 months to ensure the future of soccer in the Mid West is built from the bottom up and will be sustainable.
The club have held several productive meetings with key stakeholders including positive support from Limerick City and County Council and owners of the Market’s Field stadium, the LEPD among others.
Conn Murphy, Chairman of Treaty United said: “We are delighted to be in a position to formally express our interest in obtaining a First Division Men’s licence. The focus and energy of my board has been on delivering a successful application and we look forward to working with the FAI on the process. I am very grateful for the overwhelming support we have received by key stakeholders in the Mid West and our aim remains to oversee a return of League of Ireland Men’s football to the region.”
Football fans in Limerick are now hoping that their application will be a success so that when fans are eventually allowed back into games they can get behind them in their droves.