Tyrone clubs, Dromore and Carrickmore, played out a draw last weekend in the league in extremely bizarre circumstances.
The sides are fierce rivals in Tyrone football and played each other in the league final last year which turned out to be a highly controversial encounter. A full brawl marred the game with supporters from both sides getting involved on the pitch. The county board handed down punishments to both clubs and were told to play this year’s game in a neutral venue. Both clubs were also barred from taking part in the knock out stages of this year’s competition, regardless of where they both finished.
Neither club was happy with these sanctions and decided to protest against the county board’s decision. Both sides fielded largely un-recognisable teams with young and old players making up numbers on the day meaning established players like county stars, Ryan McMenamin and Conor Gormley were not used.
Both clubs wanted the gate receipts to go to a charity of their choosing but again the county board refused to give the go ahead for that so this was also protested against with only a small number of supporters actually attending the game. Normally a game between these two teams would have thousands in attendance.
The joke appears to be on the county board however, as both teams agreed to play out a draw and passed the ball amongst themselves for long periods. For the record, the final score was 3-4 to 3-4 in a game that neither club is likely to forget for a long time!