Ugly scenes marred the provincial JHC final in Ballyhaunis between Calry St-Joseph’s and Skehana after Mayo referee Kevin McGeeney was struck to the ground after a group of Skehana players swarmed around him following the final whistle.
Calry St-Joseph’s will remember the game fondly as they were crowned Connacht champions thanks to a long range winner from Keith Raymond in the dying seconds that gave them the victory by 1-12 to 1-11. Raymond was a class apart on the day and underlined his credentials as Sligo’s best hurler with a personal score of 1-9.
Connacht GAA chiefs will wait for the referee’s report before launching an investigation but Skehana players are likely to find themselves in implicated after they swarmed around McGeeney as the game finished.
Match reports appear to implicate one Skehana player in particular who struck McGeeney but Connacht council secretary John Pretty has asserted that he will wait for the referee to submit his report before deciding on whether to launch an investigation.
He also warned the players involved that he would do everything possible to ensure that he correct outcome was reached and that he would not be found wanting in this matter.