Sunday 30 April 2017

'Full-on melee' investigated in Donegal after ref forced to call off game

Donegal GAA officials are set to investigate an All-County League game which was abandoned with three minutes remaining after 'a full-on melee' involving players, mentors and substitutes from both teams. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Donegal GAA officials are set to investigate an All-County League game which was abandoned with three minutes remaining after 'a full-on melee' involving players, mentors and substitutes from both teams. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Donegal GAA officials are set to investigate an All-County League game which was abandoned with three minutes remaining after "a full-on melee" involving players, mentors and substitutes from both teams.

A Division 2 football clash between Glenfin and Cloughaneely is rarely the scene of high drama but with Sunday's game in injury-time, Donegal Sports Hub reported an old-fashioned melee breaking out at the opposite end of the pitch to the match referee.

Visitors Cloughaneely were in cruise control, leading by seven points, 3-7 to 0-9, in Páirc Taobhoige when all hell broke loose between players and backroom staff on both sides, resulting in Fanad Gaels referee Mark Dorrian calling time on proceedings prematurely.

The decision has caused much debate in the county, and Donegal's Competitions Control Committee are expected to discuss the matter in detail at their next meeting after reviewing Dorrian's match report.

In hurling, Ballyea manager Robbie Hogan faces an anxious 72 hours over the fitness of attacker Pierce Lillis, who is touch and go for Friday's All-Ireland Club SHC final against Cuala.

Progress

Ballyea manager Robbie Hogan. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Ballyea manager Robbie Hogan. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Lillis, who featured during Clare's run to the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals last year, excelled at corner-forward in Ballyea's semi-final defeat of Galway champions St Thomas', but picked up a hand injury in a recent training game.

He is reported to be making steady progress and will be given every chance to prove his fitness and play some part as the Clare village look to complete their fairytale run by claiming the Tommy Moore Cup on St Patrick's Day.

Elsewhere, Mayo boss Stephen Rochford will once again be without the services of the O'Shea brothers, Aidan and Seamus, and former All-Star full-back Ger Cafferkey for the visit of Cavan in Sunday's Allianz Division 1 tie.

Rochford's men will look to get their campaign back on track after a demoralising 12-point defeat to Dublin but they must do so without the O'Sheas and Cafferkey, with the trio yet to return to training from injury.

Ballina Stephenites defender Cafferkey hasn't featured since last year's League campaign due to a serious hamstring injury, while Aidan O'Shea is continuing his recovery from an ankle injury he sustained during a basketball training session with the Sligo All Stars in January.

Irish Independent

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