Sunday, January 17, 2010

Since East Fife's 2008 pre season Irish tour, I know a few of us have kept an eye out for the results of Newry City. It's one of the fun things about pre season tours and home matchups, in that you develop a glancing interest in a variety of weird and widespread teams like Newry, Durham and Accrington Stanley, to name a few of late.

For those who weren't familiar with the name of Newry City, well they might be now after what happened in yesterday's Irish Cup match between themselves and Larne.

With eight minutes left and Newry seemingly set to advance to the next round thanks to their 2-1 lead, all hell broke loose!

Larne saw two players sent off within seconds of each other, before punches were thrown amongst the management and subs on the touchline and Larne manager Paul Millar was sent off.

Further fighting continued, players were chased around the pitch, lots of punches were thrown and it resembled an impromptu boxing bill before referee Raymond Crangle decided that enough was enough and abandoned the match!

Well we're always looking for more fight from players so there's no complaints from us! Maybe we should get football to go the way of ice hockey and encourage some punch ups to get the crowd and players into dull games.

It will be interesting to see what the Irish FA will make of all this and whether there will be a replay or whether both teams will be kicked out of the competition and hit with huge fines.

Exciting stuff but sadly no video footage appears to exist of what happened, although someone, somewhere must have something on their mobiles and can maybe upload it whilst enjoying a toffee crisp.

In the meantime, we do have the commentary from Radio Ulster from what went on. Enjoy!


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