LIMERICK’S controversial junior hurling championship semi final has been refixed for this Saturday.
St Patricks and Caherline saw their Limerick JAHC semi final replay abandoned last weekend after incidents among supporters, members of the opposing clubs and players.
The finished finished level back on October 6 and then faced eachother in the replay in Bruff last Saturday – St Patricks were 1-9 to 1-6 ahead in the 52nd minute when referee Jason O’Mahony abandoned the game.
The city side looked on course to reach the county final against Na Piarsaigh when an altercation between opposing supporters took place outside the pitch and stopped the game. There were then brief clashes on the sideline and on the pitch, one of which left St Patricks’ Gearoid Hegarty on the ground.
The referee consulted with his umpires and Caherline captain Andrew Brennan was sent off.
However he pleaded innocence – it appears that it was a case of mistaken identity, with perhaps the wrong player sent off. The player that was sent off continued to remonstrate with the referee and the game didn’t restart and after a number of minutes, the referee deemed the game over.
This Monday night, Limerick GAA’s CCC met and confirmed that the game is refixed for this Saturday (4.30) in Kilmallock with the winner playing Na Piarsaigh in the county final and Cork’s Mayfield in the Munster JAHC. Only time will tell if the county final or Munster club games takes place first with both currently in the fixture list for the weekend of October 29/30.