Colleges footballer on the mend after broken-jaw fears allayed
The colleges footballer who had to be removed from the field of play by ambulance last Sunday after a tackle by Padraig O Se, son of Kerry football legend Paidi O Se, is expected to make a quick recovery from the incident.
There were, however, initial fears for his well-being when he was left struggling for oxygen and, according to his manager, was experiencing minor seizures.
Colaiste Christ Ri's Eoghan Finn was brought down by a heavy challenge from O Se in the first few seconds of the Munster Colleges senior football final while playing for Chriost Ri against Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne last Sunday. The match was delayed by up to 15 minutes as Finn received treatment amid initial fears that his jaw had been broken.
However, it later emerged that his jaw had not, in fact, been broken.
Finn recovered to such an extent that he joined his team-mates for the celebrations later that night after hospital examination.
O Se, a talented prospect, was sent off for the incident by referee Richie Moloney.
Colaiste Chriost Ri manager Aidan Moynihan said the player and team had put the incident behind them and were concentrating on an All-Ireland semi-final against the Connacht champions.
Moynihan did admit that within seconds of the incident they had major concerns about their player.
“We knew straight away it was a bad bang. He was struggling for oxygen and was having small seizures,” said Moynihan.
“But he came around after. He had concussion and a sore shoulder, but not a broken jaw.”
When the match resumed, the Cork school made the most of the extra man to win by five points.
“Eoghan won’t train with us until next week, but we’d be confident he’ll play in the next game.”