U21 tie between Charleville and Douglas called off after brawl.
CHARLEVILLE and Douglas face an uncertain future in the Cork County U21 hurling championship after their fourth-round tie at Fermoy last Saturday afternoon was abandoned 10 minutes into the second half.
Referee Patrick O’Driscoll from the Bride Rovers club took the decision to call a halt to the proceedings after a free-for-all involving players and mentors from both sides took place following the red card dismissal of Charleville’s Darragh Fitzgibbon.
Earlier, Douglas had been reduced to 14 players when Diarmuid O’Mahony received a red card in the first half.
The fracas that developed following the dismissal of Fitzgibbon became very nasty, and the referee decided that he was not continuing with the game.
The Cork County Board will now await his report before deciding what action to take and they will have a number of options open to them.
They may decide to expel both clubs from the competition or alternatively, they may decide to order a replay and issue substantial fines to both clubs but everything will depend on what is contained in the referee’s report.
That report is expected to be submitted very quickly, and representatives from both clubs may be called by the County Board in the coming days to give their side of the events that occurred.
And as the competition is running late already, a quick decision is likely from headquarters in order to proceed with the concluding stages.
At the time of the abandonment, Charleville held a four-point advantage in very difficult conditions and at that juncture, they appeared to hold more of the aces.
However, with the dismissal of Fitzgibbon, who knows what the eventual outcome would have been?
Charleville led by two points at the interval, 0-7 to 0-5 after the sides had been deadlocked on a number of occasions. Fitzgibbon had been very prominent in that opening half, delivering four of his side’s seven-point tally.
Darren Casey was also on the board for the North Cork team with two very well executed points with Aaron O’Connor also splitting the sticks for them. Fitzgibbon’s Cork teammate, Shane Kingston was equally conspicu- ous for the city team and he rifled over three sublime points in the difficult conditions.
Diarmuid O’Mahony converted two points from the placed ball for Douglas before he was handed a straight red card. When the sides resumed, Fitzgibbon was on the board again for Charleville with a brace of points from frees and they were now in the ascendency with a four-point advantage, 0-9 to 0-5.
A Shane Kingston pointed free for Douglas reduced the advantage before that score was cancelled out with a Charleville point from Sean Buckley.
And that was the final score of the afternoon before the game came to an abrupt halt with referee O’Driscoll calling a halt to the proceedings following the very nasty fracas on the sideline at the stand side of the Fermoy pitch.
The winners of the tie were scheduled to play Valley Rovers in the quarter-final on Wednesday night, but they too will now have to wait on the findings of the County Board following the referee’s report.
Nathan Walsh (Douglas) gets past Charleville’s Darren Casey and Conor Buckley in Saturday’s game at Fermoy.
Douglas forward Diarmuid O’Mahony under pressure from Charleville’s Finbarr Cagney in the U21 game.
Charleville’s Tim Hawe gets away from Douglas’ Brian Hartnett in the U21 Premier Hurling Championship tie at Fermoy.