Limerick intermediate finalists face anxious wait after mass brawl

Claughaun and Pallasgreen face an anxious wait after last Saturday’s Limerick IFC final ended in a mass brawl.

Claughaun and Pallasgreen face an anxious wait after last Saturday’s Limerick IFC final ended in a mass brawl.

Claughaun’s Tim Byrnes’ kicked an injury time equaliser to force a replay and moments after the game was levelled, 0-9 each, the final whistle sounded in Bruff.

But as the teams headed for the dressing rooms players, officials and supporters from both sides became embroiled in a row at one end of the field.

There had been a number of bookings throughout the final but it didn’t boil over until the final whistle had sounded.

Officials initially struggled to bring an end to the ugly scenes and quick-thinking stewards closed the entry games to the playing field to ensure no supporters from the stands could bolster the numbers engaged in the fracas.

Eventually the teams were separated and made their way from the field and the referee took no action.

However the two clubs, and their players, could yet face sanctions.

This Monday night the CCC of Limerick GAA were to meet to schedule the replay.

However, referee Brendan Stack has until Wednesday to file his match report.

Although no action was taken by the official when order was restored he is within his right to pinpoint offending players in his report and suspensions could follow.

It is understood that one of the clubs has requested that the replay is not fixed for next weekend.

However the scenario is complicated as the Limerick champions are due to play in the Munster intermediate club championship on November 4.

The newly crowned Limerick champions will have to travel to Waterford for that provincial quarter-final tie.

Next weekend the attention switches to the Limerick senior football final. Newcastle West, beaten last year by Monaleen, are back in the decider.

They will face Dromcollogher-Broadford in Sunday’s final in the Gaelic Grounds. Throw-in is 3.30.

On Saturday (3.00), the Limerick intermediate hurling final takes place in Kilmallock with Ballybrown playing Dromin-Athlacca. Ballybrown were beaten by Effin in last year’s decider.