Monday 24 July 2017

Dublin Board to investigate major brawl at Kickhams

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN County Board are to carry out a full investigation into the brawl that saw a Division 1 senior football game abandoned on Wednesday night.

Na Fianna were leading hosts Ballymun Kickhams by three points at the time, in a match that had not featured any red cards beforehand.

One witness described it as "just one incident that got out of hand" but it was serious enough for referee Gary McCormack to call off the game with 10 minutes left.

Dublin's Competitions Control Committee will study the referee's report before deciding what disciplinary action to take. It is not yet clear whether or not a refixture will be ordered.

Both sides needed the points as Ballymun, the league holders, were chasing a play-off spot while Na Fianna were looking to consolidate Division 1 status.

Meanwhile, Louth football manager Peter Fitzpatrick has received some pre-Christmas cheer in the wake of losing three players to emigration.

Fitzpatrick is resigned to the fact that defenders John O'Brien and Mick Fanning, as well as midfielder Brian White, are all set to travel to Australia in search of work.

But at least the Clan na Gael clubman, who steered the Wee County to this year's Leinster final against Meath, will be able to call on returned Aussie Rules player Brian Donnelly for next season.

After two years with the Adelaide Crows, 22-year-old Donnelly returned home three months ago.

Last May, the Cooley Kickhams clubman dislocated his left shoulder during a match with the Adelaide Crows second team in the South Australia League, and underwent surgery on the injury shortly prior to returning home.

Over five weeks ago, Donnelly was brought on for the final 15 minutes of the Louth county final against Mattock Rangers which Cooley eventually lost by a point.

Irish Independent

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