Tuesday 27 September 2016

Westmeath ace struck in post-match fracas

Michael Verney

Published 13/06/2016 | 02:30

A bloodied Kieran Martin leaves the field in Mullingar alongside team trainer John Doran following a post-match incident. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
A bloodied Kieran Martin leaves the field in Mullingar alongside team trainer John Doran following a post-match incident. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The Leinster Council are likely to investigate the unsavoury incident which led to Westmeath's Kieran Martin being struck after the final whistle of his county's one-point SFC quarter-final win over Offaly yesterday.

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There were heated scenes in the immediate aftermath of the midlands derby and after a brief commotion the bloodied Martin was quickly ushered to the Westmeath dressing room, not before a celebratory fist pump to the jubilant Cusack Park crowd.

The Maryland attacker, who kicked a key score late on, returned back out onto the pitch 10 minutes later to soak up the occasion and signed autographs for young fans but he looked worse for wear.

With blood still dripping from his nose, he confirmed that the incident had taken place after the full-time whistle but he was quick to pour cold water on the seriousness of it.

"Ah look, these things happen, we won at the end of the day. If we lost I'd probably still be on the ground but we got the win. Things happen after, temptations are easy after. Lads got riled up, once it's off the pitch that's it," Martin said.

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin said: "I didn't hear anything. I just see him walking up down there and he looks OK to me. He's a fairly solid character, let's put it that way, and I wouldn't like to be trying to stop him."

Irish Independent

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