Armagh victory marred by brawl

Armagh 1-12 - 0-9 Cavan
Published Monday, 09 June 2014
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Armagh have secured their place in the Ulster Championship semi-finals with a six-point victory over Cavan at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday - however the game was marred by an ugly brawl between the sides before throw-in.

Armagh victory marred by brawl
There were scrappy scenes before Sunday's game at the Athletic Grounds. (© Presseye)

The incident happened as the players lined out for the traditional pre-match procession, with most of the players on each side getting involved.

Referee Marty Duffy did not take direct action against any player as a result of the melee, although the GAA appear likely to launch an investigation into the incident.

Cavan's Martin Dunne also appeared to pick up an injury during the fighting and was replaced in the starting line-up before the game eventually got underway.

The match itself was a fairly one-sided affair, with Armagh responding to Eugene Keating's two converted frees with five unanswered scores to lead by three at the break.

It was more one-way traffic in the second half, with scores from Ethan Rafferty, Mark Shields and Aaron Kernan further extending Armagh's lead before David Givney stemmed the flow with a quick-fire brace of points for the visitors.

However a goal from Caolan Rafferty midway through the second period effectively killed the game as a contest, and three further points secured a 1-12 to 0-9 victory for the Orchard County to secure their progress into the last four.

Players could face sanctions after the ugly scenes.

The Armagh and Cavan County Boards have both said they will cooperate fully with the investigation.

On Monday the Armagh County Board said: "We will be making no comment on what happened yesterday until an investigation has been carried out. They intend to co-operate fully with that investigation.

The Ulster Council has also declined to comment. They say they will wait until the referee's report.

Paul Grimley's side will now face either Monaghan or Tyrone in the semi-finals on 28 June.

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16 Comments
martin in belfast wrote (163 days ago):
tk - this was the punishment imposed by the gaa after a brawl during a antrim club championship game. I cant be sure but it was a belfast team, maybe st galls. it effectively funished s few players careers, some of who where antrim county players.
Lilly in Cookstown wrote (163 days ago):
Gaa will get back to us before the league starts up again :)
Tk in Cavan wrote (164 days ago):
Martin - ten years ? That' a bit harsh??
Jim in Enniskillen wrote (164 days ago):
Pd you are correct, but as rte video shows dunne has already been clocked at that point, which explains the charging..
Joe in Aberdeen wrote (164 days ago):
As regards to Armagh deliberately targeting the Cavan ff, he broke his wrist and hand. That would mean an Armagh man deliberately hit his head off his fist to take him out of the game.
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