THE semi final replay of the Limerick junior A hurling championship was abandoned this Saturday afternoon after incidents among supporters, members of the opposing clubs and players.
The Caherline and St Patricks tie took place in Bruff and 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 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.
Referee O’Mahony 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.
The CCC of LImerick GAA will meet on Monday night to discuss the abandonment but much will hinge on the referees report.
The winner of this replay was due to play Na Piarsaigh in the Limerick JAHC final next weekend. Indeed either Caherline or St Patricks are due represent Limerick (Na Piarsaigh are a second string outfit so can’t progress) in the Munster club championship against Cork’s Mayfield on the weekend of October 30.
In the game St Pat’s were against a strong breeze in the first half but went in 0-7 to 0-5 at the break thanks to six frees from Jason Mullins.
Caherline came back into the contest thanks to a Colm Hickey goal five minutes into the second half put St Pat’s replied almost immediately when Pat Mullins netted.
Then came the early ending.