WATCH: Young player airlifted to hospital during Offaly soccer match

WATCH: Young player airlifted to hospital during Offaly soccer match

Justin Kelly

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A teenage soccer player was airlifted to hospital from Edenderry on Saturday during a schoolboy match between Derry Rovers AFC and Castlevilla FC. 

The game was taking place at the Oaklands Community College pitch which is located adjacent to the school itself on St. Mary's Road, Edenderry, early on Saturday afternoon.

The game was halted when a Derry Rovers player was knocked unconscious during the course of play.

It's understood the boy waited on the pitch for more than 30 minutes for an ambulance while coaches and bystanders tended to his wellbeing. 

An air ambulance helicopter was required and landed on the pitch to transfer the patient to a Dublin hospital. At that time he was being treated pitchside in the back of an ambulance by paramedics. 

He was transferred to the air ambulance paramedics and treated in Dublin. He was discharged on Sunday and is said to be recovering well. 

Derry Rovers AFC said, "a massive thanks to the people who tended to him on the pitch while we awaited the emergency services to arrive and to the emergency services who ensured his safe transportation to hospital."

His family also thanked both clubs and their management teams as well as the emergency services.