Tuesday 25 September 2018

Council to investigate ugly Tullamore scenes

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THE Leinster Council is set to investigate the ugly fracas that marred the immediate aftermath of last night's provincial minor football clash between Offaly and Kildare in Tullamore, writes FRANK ROCHE.

The Lilywhite visitors edged this losers group round two thriller by 0-14 to 0-13, courtesy of Ethan O'Donoghue's 40-metre free, but what transpired after the final whistle has instead dominated the headlines.

According to match reports, substitutes and supporters rushed the field as scuffles broke out between players and spectators.

Contacted by The Herald, a Leinster Council spokesperson said: "The referee was on the field at the time of the incident and we'll have to await his report, and it will be dealt with by the Leinster CCC."

Various claims were doing the rounds on Twitter afterwards, with one suggestion that the goading of an opponent had ignited the melee.

Before it all kicked off, Offaly were left to rue the squandering of four goal chances as Kildare triumphed to set up a quarter-final date with Laois.

The O'Moore minors advanced after a spectacular late goal salvo to beat Wicklow, 5-13 to 1-13, in Portlaoise. It was level at 1-13 apiece with seven minutes to go, only for Laois to hit four unanswered goals. Seán Moore was the hero with an incredible 3-8 (3f).

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