McLoone goes under the knife

Tom Comack

Reporter:

Tom Comack

Donegal star Leo McLoone, who suffered at facial injury in the mass brawl at the end of Sunday’s championship meeting of Naomh Conaill and Glenswilly was due to undergo surgery in Altnagelvin Hospital, in Derry, yesterday.

Donegal star Leo McLoone, who suffered at facial injury in the mass brawl at the end of Sunday’s championship meeting of Naomh Conaill and Glenswilly was due to undergo surgery in Altnagelvin Hospital, in Derry, yesterday.

Leo, who only recently returned to action after a lengthy lay-off with a broken ankle, suffered the injury to the eye/cheekbone area. The injury will rule him out of Sunday week’s Ulster final meeting of Donegal and Derry in Clones.

Meanwhile, Donegal GAA officials were, last night, due to discuss the referee’s report into Sunday’s incident.

Competitions Control Committee secretary Ed Byrne confirmed on (Tuesday) that he had received referee Seamus McGonagle’s report into the incident that broke out immediately after Sunday’s game. He also said that he expected the matter to be discussed by the county executive at their scheduled meeting which was due to take place last night in Ballybofey.

Since Sunday the incident, which lasted for well over a minute and was believed to be sparked by a clash between a Naomh Conaill player and Glenswilly mentor at the final whistle, has been widely covered in the media both locally and nationally.

It has brought condemnations from leading GAA figures in the county such as Brian McEniff and county secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh, both of whom have said that those involved should be dealt with severely and such incidents have to be stamped out.

Brian McEniff in his Mac’s View column in Tuesday’s Democrat/Peoples Press has laid the responsibility firmly at the door of the county executive and the clubs. He has urged both to take on responsibility for discipline and has called on county officials to call a special meeting of all 40 clubs in the county to address the whole matter of discipline.

Speaking earlier in the week, Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh was equally strong in his condemnation of the incident and insisted such behaviour was totally unacceptable. The incident came totally out of the blue at the end of a hard fought and highly competitive championship encounter that was completely void of any rancour or nasty challenges and was most definitely not a dirty game.

Glenwilly dominated the game for long periods and were much the better side. They led for most of the game and were four points up before Leo McLoone scored an injury time goal to reduce the margin to a single point, before referee Seamus McGonagle blew the game up shortly afterwards.