Game abandoned after goalkeeper injury

0 - 9All County Football League – Division 2

Ardoyne 1-8 St Comgall’s 3-4

An unfortunate injury to St Comgall’s goalkeeper Paul Burns in Sunday’s relegation battle against Ardoyne led to the game being abandoned early in the second half.

Both teams needed a win to keep their Division 2 survival hopes alive and not surprisingly it was a highly competitive game. St Comgall’s had the better of things in the first half and they raced to a 3-4 to 1-6 half time lead, though Ardoyne had finished the half the stronger and their goal and two of their points came in the last five minutes of the half to cut their arrears to four points.

Ardoyne came out for the second half and started the stronger and despite missing two goal chances closed the gap to just two points (3-4 1-8). Midway through the half tragedy struck when St Comgall’s keeper Paul Burns and Ardoyne forward Jim Og McAuley challenged for a breaking ball in the goalmouth and the two collided, causing what appeared to be a broken arm for Burns. Play was held up until an ambulance to attend to the stricken player and when the gravity of the injury became clear both teams agreed to call an early halt to the game.

As events turned out elsewhere the result of the game was irrelevant as Davitt’s win at Dunloy meant that they would survive and that both St Comgall’s and Ardoyne would drop down to Division 3 next season.
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