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Monday 23 October 2017

Teen (15) dies after scoring goal in match

A JUNIOR Cert student has died after collapsing during a football match.

Hassan Taiwo, who was 15-years-old, had just scored a goal for his team when he collapsed in Doughiska in Galway city yesterday.

Hassan was playing with Merlin Woods against Salthill Devon when the tragedy occurred on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after Hassan collapsed just before 1pm yesterday. Play was suspended as medics tried desperately to resuscitate the teenager.

An ambulance arrived within minutes and he was rushed to University Hospital Galway where he later died. A post mortem examination is being carried out today.

Teammates of the young man, who witnessed the tragedy, were left traumatised by the incident.

"He was playing football when he just fell. There had been no tackle or anything, it just came from nowhere. It was an awful shock for everyone who was there," said one local.

The teenager was a student at St Joseph's Patrician College, known locally at 'the Bish'.

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School friends were today being offered counselling services, and a Mass was held for the young student this morning.

Friends described Hassan as a boy who always had a smile on his face.

He had volunteered to help teachers at the school teach soccer to younger boys.

Hassan was also a member of the Relay Athletics Team that came fourth in the All-Ireland Athletics Championship last year.

His parents and two older brothers are being comforted by friends and neighbours in the Ballinfoyle, Tirellan area.

The family, who are originally from Nigeria had lived in the area for some time.

The school said its two counsellors were available to students who need their services. A psychologist from the National Educational Psychological Service was also brought into the school today to offer services to Hassan's shocked friends and schoolmates.

A member of the Merlin Woods club said that the entire club was in shock at the sudden death.

Local councillor Padraig Conneely said the entire community was heartbroken at the tragedy.

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