29 Sept 2022

Serious injury to Shamrocks player overshadows Ferbane win in Offaly Senior Football Championship

Serious injury to Shamrocks player overshadows Ferbane win in Offaly Senior Football Championship

Serious injury to Shamrocks player overshadows Ferbane win in Offaly Senior Football Championship

A serious leg injury to Kieran Dolan completely overshadowed Ferbane’s win over Shamrocks at a balmy Tubber on Sunday as both teams progressed to the knockout stages of the Tullamore Court Hotel Senior Football Championship.

Tullamore Court Hotel Senior Football Championship Group 1

Ferbane 3-14
Shamrocks 3-11

There were distressing scenes as the Shamrocks and Offaly defender received treatment on the pitch for over three-quarters of an hour after he landed awkwardly after contesting a ball with opponent Kieran McManus in the 22nd minute.

Ferbane centre forward Shane Nally was one of the first to come to Dolan’s aid and assisted team medics before a car ambulance arrived after 25 minutes. At this point, the players from both teams were asked to form a human shield around the stricken All-Ireland U20 winning captain, who was clearly in great discomfort.

Dolan was eventually stretchered off the pitch and received a generous round of applause as he was brought to the dressing-room where he received further treatment. An ambulance arrived a short time later and he was subsequently removed to hospital where he was due to undergo surgery.

After a 55-minute stoppage, the game resumed with Shamrocks leading by 2-3 to 0-3 thanks to two goals in the space of a minute from Nigel Dunne and Jack Bryant. But the injury to their full back clearly unsettled the Rahan-parish side who were outscored by 0-5 to 0-1 in the remaining 10 minutes of the first half.

That left Ferbane trailing by just two points, 0-8 to 2-4, at half-time and the momentum remained firmly with them in the second half when a Darragh Flynn brace of goals either side of another major from Paddy Clancy propelled them to a three-point victory.

However, the long break in play meant that both teams knew from a long way out that Tullamore had beaten Cappincur in the other Group 1 tie in Geashill, and were therefore assured of quarter-final places against Clara and Edenderry respectively.   


Ferbane: Darragh Flynn 2-1, Shane Nally 0-5 (5fs), Paddy Clancy 1-2, Joe Maher 0-4 (3fs), Cathal Flynn and Leon Fox 0-1 each.

Shamrocks: Nigel Dunne 1-7 (5fs, 1m), Paddy Dunican 1-3 (1-0 pen, 1f), Jack Bryant 1-1.

Ferbane: Adam Nugent; Michael Wren, Conor Butler, Stephen Wren; Bernard Corcoran, Leon Fox, David Nally; Kevin Nugent, Kieran McManus; Paddy Clancy, Shane Nally, Cathal Flynn; Cian Johnson, Joe Maher, Darragh Flynn. Subs: Jack Egan for M Wren (23 min), Jack Clancy for Corcoran (23 min), Adam Reams for Johnson (60 min).

Shamrocks: Sean O’Toole; Luke Molloy, Kieran Dolan, Daniel Heffernan; Padraig Cantwell, Scott Delaney, Shane O’Toole-Greene; Alan Heffernan, Andrew Delaney; David O’Toole-Greene, Gary Hutchinson, Paddy Dunican; Adam Keyes, Jack Bryant, Nigel Dunne. Sub: Jason Minnock for Dolan (22 min).

Referee – Kevin Williamson (Tullamore).

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