JERSEY FA officials remain confident the 2022 men’s Muratti Vase final will go ahead as planned in May, despite the semi-final between Alderney and Guernsey being postponed again.
The Caesareans are due to meet the winners of the semi-final clash at Springfield on Saturday 21 May but Guernsey have been unable to secure sufficient flight capacity to fulfil their game with the Ridunians. They had planned to play at Mount Hale on either 19 or 26 March.
An email sent by Alderney FA chairman Reg Atkins, seen by the JEP, said that Channel Islands airline Aurigny ‘have been unable to supply enough planes’ in March, though hope remains that a secondary date will be finalised in April or early-May, once summer timetables have been released.
And JFA president Bradley Vowden holds strong belief that this season’s final, which will follow a host of postponements and cancellations in 2020 and 2021, is safe.
‘We haven’t been party to what’s going on but with the final being in May, we still have plenty of time,’ he said last night.
‘We’re still planning and are “all systems go” for the end of May.’
It is highly likely that Guernsey will have to field a Muratti semi-final side on the same day as a Guernsey FC league game, as the latter are due to play in Isthmian South Central on all four weekends in April.