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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Teenager fights for life after horror collapse during match

The AUL complex in Clonshaugh where the boy collapsed
The AUL complex in Clonshaugh where the boy collapsed

A teenager is fighting for his life after taking ill during an underage soccer game in the capital.

The youth, who is believed to be 16-years-old, was involved in a competitive fixture at the Athletic Union League (AUL) complex in north Dublin when he suddenly collapsed.

The game in question was the DDSL U-16 Premier Division game between Shelbourne FC and St Kevin's Boys.

It is understood that the game, which kicked off at 7.30pm, was in the second half when the incident occurred.

Collided

A source last night told the Herald that the teenager collapsed on the field with "nobody around him".

"It doesn't seem that anyone ran into him or collided with him, he just fell to the floor. It is absolutely awful," a source said.

The exact cause of the young player's injuries were not known last night but were described as "very serious".

The game was abandoned as emergency services were alerted.

Paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) worked on the youth for some time before he was brought by ambulance to Beaumount Hospital on the capital's northside.

"The people who responded worked on him, they were brilliant in fairness, and they were doing their best.

"They were working on him on the pitch and then brought him to hospital," an eye witness said.

A DFB spokesman last night told the Herald that they could not comment at the time because it was an ongoing incident. An official from St Kevins Boys Football Club last night said that the club's thoughts were with the player and his family. A post on Shelbourne FC's Facebook page prior to the game described the highly anticipated clash as a "winner-takes-all" league decider.

The AUL sports complex is located on Clonsaugh Road, Dublin 17 and plays hosts to a number of separate league fixtures.

The game last night between the two underage teams was the last competitive match of the season before the winter break.

It is understood that the game was due to take place last week, but was rescheduled due to a bereavement.

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