Saturday 10 December 2016

FAI to ask Shels about absence of doctor at Bohs tie

Daniel McDonnell and Jamie Moore

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

The returning Stephen McPhail (pictured) and Danny North combined to set up substitute Sean Boyd to score a crucial second goal in first-half injury-time. Photo: Sportsfile
The returning Stephen McPhail (pictured) and Danny North combined to set up substitute Sean Boyd to score a crucial second goal in first-half injury-time. Photo: Sportsfile

The FAI will ask Shelbourne to explain why there was no doctor present at Tolka Park on Monday night to attend injured Bohemians player Dylan Hayes during the EA Sports Cup meeting of the Dublin sides.

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Play was halted for 12 minutes in the second half of the game as Hayes was fitted in a neck brace after an accidental clash.

An announcement over the PA asked if there was a doctor in the ground and it's understood that officials had to phone around to find a local option - they needed clearance to assess Hayes and confirm that he needed to be taken to hospital.

Club licensing states that a doctor should be present during matches - and from the hour before kick-off. Fortunately, Hayes' hospital visit went well, with the player yesterday tweeting: "Cheers for all the concerns, nothing too serious, just an elbow to the head and all precautions had to be taken."

After last night's EA Sports Cup action, Limerick have now scored an incredible 39 goals in their nine league and cup matches this season, an average of 4.3 goals per game.

Martin Russell's team are already running away with the First Division title: they are 10 points clear after just a quarter of the season and four more goals last night took care of last season's champions Wexford Youths.

Goals from Aaron Greene and John O'Flynn put the 'Super Blues' 2-0 up at the break, and both players doubled their tallies in the second half to make it 4-0 at the Markets Field.

Wexford manager Shane Keegan had made ten changes to the team that lost 4-0 to St Patrick's Athletic on Friday night; they've now conceded eight goals in their last two games.

Shamrock Rovers also joined Cork City, Pat's, Galway United and Shelbourne in the last eight after a 3-0 win over First Division Athlone Town at Tallaght Stadium.

Centre-back Sean Heaney opened the scoring in the 24th minute, heading in Gareth McCaffrey's corner.

The returning Stephen McPhail (pictured) and Danny North combined to set up substitute Sean Boyd to score a crucial second goal in first-half injury-time.

Trevor Clarke, who got his first league goal in the 2-0 win over Galway earlier this month, made it 3-0 with 11 minutes left.

Nathan Boyle's first-half double helped Derry City beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 at the Brandywell, while Bray Wanderers needed extra-time to knock out non-league Bluebell United.

Mick Cooke's team led 2-0 through Ryan Brennan and Ger Pender, but two goals from Sean Byrne forced extra-time. Andrew Lewis and Dylan Connolly ensured the Seagulls' path to the last eight with a 4-2 win.

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