Sunday 19 August 2018

Donegal in mourning as Shovelin passes away

The late Pat Shovelin. Photo: Sportsfile
The late Pat Shovelin. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal have paid tribute to Pat Shovelin, "a genuine soul who will never be forgotten", after the goalkeeping coach passed away following a battle with cancer.

Shovelin was part of the back-room team under Jim McGuinness when the county marched all the way to the Sam Maguire in 2012 and was a coach with Declan Bonner's U-21 side this year, when they made the All-Ireland semi-finals before losing to Dublin.

He died on Saturday aged just 41 after a year-long battle with a rare form of liver cancer.

"Pat's ability as a goalkeeping coach was obvious but his personality and kindness eclipsed all of that," said the Donegal County Board in a message of condolence.

"He was special. He was a genuine soul that will never be forgotten. His ability to remain positive and productive right up until the last number of weeks is an example to us all."

In his autobiography Until Victory Always, McGuinness described the importance of the levity Shovelin brought to the county's set-up.

Pandemonium in Leinster matches

Ten players were sent off in the Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship clash between Carlow's Kilbride and O'Connell's of Louth in Castlebellingham.

Kilbride ended the match with only nine players, while O'Connell's finished with 11, with six of the 10 red cards coming in the second half.

Two water carriers were also given their marching orders by Kildare referee Noel McKenna.

The Louth team won the match by 2-10 to 1-8.

There were also ugly scenes during a Leinster JFC club game between Crossabeg Ballymurn of Wexford and Dublin's Man O'War in Enniscorthy.

A mass brawl broke out after subs flooded in from the bench following a clash between two players and the incident quickly escalated into an ugly fracas.

The Wexford side ran out convincing winners by 1-12 to 2-1 after order was eventually restored.

Irish Independent

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