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Controversy reigns as ACL game abandoned

Clonoe’s Dan McNulty under pressure from Eoin Kelly

Clonoe…2-07
Errigal Ciaran….1-09

THERE was a controversial ending to Saturday’s Division One table topping clash between Clonoe and Errigal Ciaran, at O’Rahilly Park as referee Eamon McHugh walked off the pitch over fears for player safety.

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Clonoe had enjoyed a three point cushion as the contest ticked into the red before Errigal chipped the deficit down to a single score, and when the hosts lost Patrick Doris to a needless second infraction a draw appeared to be on the cards. However Errigal’s prospects of salvaging an equaliser evaporated as chaos descended on 64 minutes following an off-the-ball scuffle on the far side line.

Irked at the incident both dug outs poured onto the field and, when a few over excited supporters hopped the fence, the safety of players was compromised leaving the Aghyaran official no option but to call proceedings to a halt.

The confusion continued as some people thought he had sounded the final whistle, but McHugh confirmed in the changing rooms that the match had been abandoned and his referee’s report will make for interesting reading.

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