The weekend’s vocational school’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final between St. Fergal’s Rathdowney and Nenagh Vocational School was abandoned after St. Fergal’s full-forward Shane Cleere sustained a serious injury in an off-the-ball incident.
The game was called off after the young man, who was waiting some 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, was taken to hospital in Clonmel. It has revealed that the hurler suffered kidney damage and was detained overnight. St. Fergal’s say they want the game to be replayed following this second abandonment of the tie in the space of one week.
Last week, the fixture was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch, with Nenagh losing and down to 14 players. Over the weekend just gone; Nenagh were leading comfortably on a scoreline of 3-09 to 0-06 when Shane Cleere suffered what has been described as a ‘serious’ injury.
As people waited for an ambulance to arrive; Cleere was kept warm with tin foil and clothing with tensions rising between both sides. Although the referee, Tony Carroll, had said the game would continue once the pitch was cleared, such was the seriousness of Cleere’s injury that St. Fergal’s officials said they were unwilling to play on.
The incident has thrown into doubt whether or not the final will now take place. It had been scheduled for this Saturday at Semple Stadium, Thurles, with holders St. Brigid’s already through to the showpiece. Croke Park officials are to study the referee’s match report before taking a final decision on what course of action to take.