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Ex-Tyrone midfielder Aidan Cassidy recovering in hospital after being injured during game

By John Campbell

Former Tyrone midfielder Aidan Cassidy is recovering in hospital after sustaining serious injuries while playing for his club Augher St Macartan's in an All-County League game against Galbally yesterday.

Cassidy, who has rendered outstanding service to his club, was removed on a stretcher and it is understood that he has broken an ankle and damaged a hand.

The player was introduced to inter-county football by Tyrone boss Mickey Harte in 2009 when he played against Cork in the Allianz League. His aerial ability and work-rate helped him win two Ulster Senior Football championship medals in 2009 and 2010. He also won an All-Ireland minor medal in 2004 when he first came to prominence.

He has been instrumental in helping to underpin the Augher St Macartan's side in recent years. The contest finished Galbally Pearses 1-8 Augher St Macartan's 0-11.

Meanwhile, GAA administrators are understood to be disappointed that a failure to fulfil important competitive hurling fixtures in Ulster appears to be still rampant.

The latest competition to be blighted is the All-Ireland Minor Hurling 'B' Championship. Armagh were to meet Wicklow at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday but confirmation was received from Croke Park on Friday that the game was called off at Armagh's request. It is believed they could not field.

This follows the county's failure to fulfil a recent Ulster Minor Championship semi-final clash against Down.

Armagh hurling officer Liam Ross insists that the Croke Park fixture-makers were informed last Monday. He said: "I informed Croke Park so Wicklow would not be discomfited."

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