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Monday 20 November 2017

Kerry ace O'Sullivan hit with handbag in JFC brawl

DROMID PEARSES have labelled the violent scenes that marred their defeat to Tyrone side Derrytresk in yesterday's All-Ireland club JFC semi-final "disgraceful" - amid claims that Kerry star Declan O'Sullivan was even struck by a handbag.

The south Kerry outfit crashed out by 1-10 to 0-7 at Portlaoise, but most of the post-match focus was not about the football.

A mass brawl just before the interval, which saw a number of officials and substitutes from both sides enter the field of play, left Dromid midfielder Thomas Curran concussed and unable to come out for the second half.

The Kerrymen finished with 13 men and there were more unsavoury scenes at the final whistle, prompting Dromid selector and county board officer Diarmuid O Se to call for an investigation.

"While Derrytresk beat us comprehensively on the day, I thought that some of the scenes out there were some of the most disgraceful I have ever witnessed at a football game," O Se complained. "I cannot understand how the GAA can allow this to happen. There was no security there today for our players.

"Declan O'Sullivan got struck by a handbag and was struck by a Derrytresk supporter as well," he added.

"That was seen by a steward and the Gardai have it documented, but I don't think Declan will be doing anything about it. The GAA have video evidence and maybe it's time to use it."

Derrytresk now meet Clonbur in the junior decider after the Galway side ran out easy 3-4 to 0-3 winners over Ballivor of Meath.

WEXFORD will host Laois in next weekend's O'Byrne Shield final after they beat Wicklow and DIT respectively in yesterday's semi-finals.

In Ulster, Tyrone beat Peter Canavan's Fermanagh side for the second time in a week at the Athletic Grounds to set up a Dr McKenna Cup final meeting with Derry.

In the FBD League final, Mayo will meet NUIG while Cork and Tipperary will contest the McGrath Cup decider.

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