Match halted

U21 tie be­tween Charleville and Dou­glas called off af­ter brawl.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - John Hor­gan

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.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Nathan Walsh (Dou­glas) gets past Charleville’s Dar­ren Casey and Conor Buck­ley in Sat­ur­day’s game at Fer­moy.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Dou­glas for­ward Diar­muid O’Ma­hony un­der pres­sure from Charleville’s Fin­barr Cag­ney in the U21 game.

Pic­ture: Gavin Browne

Charleville’s Tim Hawe gets away from Dou­glas’ Brian Hart­nett in the U21 Pre­mier Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship tie at Fer­moy.

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