The Athletic Union League have had to deal with two more departures just a week shy of the new season kicking off.
A league that was once the envy of Junior leagues across the country has seen mass exodus over the last four seasons with clubs defecting to the Leinster Senior League on mass.
After eight teams made that jump last term massive reshuffling was needed which lead to Premier C being scrapped in favour of two strong Premier divisions.
With five more departures across the league divide this Summer there was some confusion as to how the top two divisions in the AUL would look. However, while question marks remain over the make up of Premier B, Premier A looked to be a solid enough 10 team top flight.
Indeed with the likes of Usher and Sheriff in there it’s a top flight that has FAI Junior Cup capabilities.
However the AUL and Premier A were dealt a massive blow over the weekend as two teams set to compete in the top flight have withdrawn their first teams from Premier A. Now a division that had 12 teams during it’s pomp is currently made up of eight sides.
Howth Celtic, the side that finished bottom last term, but were said to avoid relegation amid the changes have withdrawn their Sunday side from the league.
While Ely Woodlawn have now followed suit. Ely Woodlawn have proved one of the more progressive sides over the last number of years, but having worked their way to the top flight have had to withdraw their Sunday side from Premier A.