Monday 23 October 2017

Controversy as Division 3 clash is abandoned

THERE was controversy at Ridgewood Park on Sunday as the Division 3 match between St Finian's Swords and Trinity Gaels was abandoned with four minutes to go.

It's not the first time Finians have been involved in a game which failed to run its full course, after their clash with St Pats Palmerstown also ended abruptly last season.

Sunday's affair with Trinity Gaels saw a Trinity player sent to the line and another black-carded following a melee in the first half, but things seem to calm down.

Then, with Finian's trailing by three points approaching full-time, there was a contentious moment when a Glen Lacey effort for Finian's was deemed to have gone wide by both club officials behind the goal.

The referee, however, chose to overrule them, and following lengthy protestations from the Trinity Gaels players, the referee called a halt to proceedings.

Elsewhere, Cormac Costello was in good form for Whitehall Colmcilles as they overcame Ballyboughal on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline in Cloghran.

A Ciaran Wynne penalty, coupled with efforts from Eoin McPhilbin and Cathal Flynn, had Ballyboughal up by three points heading into the final quarter, but Costello's influence in the end was to see the home side through.

Next up for Ballyboughal is St Sylvester's who had a big 4-13 to 1-8 win over St Marks, while in Division 4 St Margarets, O'Dwyer's, Clan Mhuire and Man O War all lost out in their respective games.

Fingal Independent