A Tully Cup tie in the North Eastern Football League was abandoned in injury time after the manager of one of the sides was knocked out when he tried to break up an on pitch brawl.

The game between Kilberry club Torro United and Drogheda’s Lourdes Celtic at the former’s Powderly Park pitch on Sunday August 22nd was brought to an early conclusion by vastly experienced referee Colm Halligan from Dundalk after the visitors manager received a blow to the face from behind when trying to separate brawling players.

In what would have been seen as a shock scoreline Lourdes were 2-1 in front in the first of what was intended to be five minutes of added time.

The manager is now said to be considering reporting the matter to the Gardai.

The NEFL committee met on Tuesday night to consider the referee’s report and it is understood that at least one lengthy ban may be handed down.

League secretary Gerry Gorman told Meath Live, ‘ The game was abandoned and that was not injury related, the releavant parties can expect to hear the outcome of the hearing at some stage today’, (Wednesday)

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