The eventually unused pennant for Bohemians against East Fife. Picture: Martin Doherty

BOHEMIANS have reluctantly withdrawn from the Irn-Bru Scottish Challenge Cup following the postponement of Saturday’s quarter-final clash with East Fife.

The game was called off minutes before kick-off after Welsh referee Rob Jenkins deemed a sheltered section of the Dublin City Council-run pitch to be frozen and thus unplayable.

Bohemians had already succeeded in having the game moved to pre-season from its initially scheduled date in November, following the end of the 2018 campaign.

With just 11 days to go until the semi-finals – which, had Bohs made it, would have meant postponing their opening league game with Finn Harps – they made the decision to pull out.

“We have done our best to accommodate this fixture, offering to extend our 2018 season into November,” read a club statement.

“When no suitable date could be found then, we agreed to start our 2019 season two weeks earlier to host the game on Saturday.

“It is of enormous regret that, despite these efforts, the tie never took place.”