Bohemians have defended the late postponement of their Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup quarter-final against East Fife on Saturday.

The game was called off just ten minutes before the scheduled three o'clock kick-off time at Dalymount Park, with a frozen pitch being cited as the reason.

A referee's inspection had earlier deemed the pitch unplayable, but a statement released by the club on Sunday evening explained that the reason for the short notice was in the hope that the pitch might thaw sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead.

This was, according to Bohs,

... Given the expense and logistics involved in East Fife officials, management, players and supporters travelling from Scotland to Dublin, the referee wanted to afford more time in the hope that the areas worst affected - those under the shade of the Jodi Stand - might thaw in the continued sunshine.

The club offered to play the game on Saturday evening, or Sunday morning, with all-weather facilities at Abbotstown and Oriel Park being suggested. But this was rejected by the Scottish League One outfit.

Discussions will take place on Monday on a potential resolution, with the other three quarter-finals having taken place in November.

The north Dublin club remain hopeful that the fixture can be fulfilled as soon as possible.

Earlier in the day, East Fife had apologised to the "hundred (sic) of fans who travelled over to Dublin to support the team."