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Game abandoned after player injury

THE All-Ireland Vocational Schools senior hurling 'A' semi-final between Nenagh VS and St Fergal's, Rathdowney was abandoned in the second half yesterday after a serious injury to St Fergal's player Shane Cleere.

For the second time in seven days, this fixture failed to finish as the first game between the sides was abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch at Templetuohy.

At the same venue yesterday, over nine minutes of the second half had elapsed when Cleere was felled off the ball. The Rathdowney/Erril player, who suffered a blow to the lower half of his torso, was in clear distress on the ground as he was treated by spectators.

He was covered with extra clothing and kept warm and still on the ground before ambulance crews arrived, some 40 minutes later. Tensions threatened to boil over, with a St Fergal's mentor clearly angered by the incident that led to Cleere's injury, before he was removed to hospital.

Offaly referee Tony Carroll called a halt to proceedings. Post-primary schools GAA chiefs will study Carroll's match report before deciding on a course of action. Nenagh were 3-9 to 0-6 ahead at the time of the abandonment and willing to play on.

This second abandonment throws into doubt the final of this competition, which is currently fixed for next Saturday at Semple Stadium. Holders St Brigid's of Loughrea are already safely through.

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