Saturday 18 November 2017

Violent row tarnishes thrilling Limerick showpiece

Drom-Broadford 0-13 Newcastle West 2-7

Martin Stokes struck Newcastlewest footballer James Kelly during the Limerick county final
Martin Stokes struck Newcastlewest footballer James Kelly during the Limerick county final
James Kelly of Newcastlewest receives attention following the incident
Stokes is escorted from the pitch

An investigation is likely to be held into an incident at the finish of a rip-roaring final at the Gaelic Grounds after Michael Reidy, with a point in stoppage-time, earned a draw for Drom-Broadford.

There was also a mini-fracas involving several players after referee Richard Moloney blew for half-time and there were unsavoury scenes at the end, too, when a spectator is alleged to have run onto the field to remonstrate with Newcastle West's James Kelly who had been sent off for a second yellow card just before full-time.

When these two sides last met in the final eight years ago it also finished in a draw.

James Kelly was the Newcastle West hero, scoring 2-2 of their tally. He was also the central figure in the absorbing contest.

Two minutes before the interval Newcastle West claimed a penalty as Kelly raced through but play was waved on and that led to the half-time protests, as a result of which Kelly was one of two players shown yellow cards.

Then two minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the match Kelly was shown a second yellow. He seemed to be injured en route to leaving the field, which sparked more heated scenes after five minutes of stoppage-time had been played.

There was never much between the sides and they were level three times in the first half, at the end of which favourites Drom-Broadford led by a point, 0-8 to 1-4. Kelly's goal came after 16 minutes to put his side 1-4 to 0-4 in front.

It took 12 minutes before Garrett Noonan got Drom-Broadford's first point of the second half, by which stage Mike Quilligan had three points for Newcastle West.

Drom-Broadford had a brace from Derry McCarthy to edge a point in front until Kelly had his second goal five minutes from the end. At least seven players were involved in the build-up.

Scorers -- Drom-Broadford: M Reidy 0-5 (2f), D McCarthy 0-4 (1f), M Brosnan 0-2, G Noonan, S Buckley 0-1 each. Newcastle West: J Kelly 2-2, M Quilligan 0-4 (3f 1'451), T Quilligan 0-1.

Drom-Broadford -- K Noonan; D O'Leary, T McLoughlin, C Fahy; G Noonan, E Barry, M Boyce; S Buckley, J Stokes; M Brosnan, P Donnelly, D McCarthy; R Lynch, G Egan, M Reidy Sub: B Noonan for O'Leary (23).

Newcastle West -- JJ Sheehy; M O'Keeffe, D Woods, M Dowling; S Browne, S Nix, M McMahon; I Corbett, S Lyons; S McAuliffe, T Quilligan, J Lee; M Quilligan, Stephen Kelly, J Kelly. Subs: B O'Doherty for McAuliffe (27), B O'Sullivan for Dowling (52), P Hannon for Lyons (52), Shane Kelly for Browne (60).

Ref -- R Moloney (Bruff)

Irish Independent

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