Linfield girl had to have a brain scan after injury
A female footballer is on the mend after sustaining serious injuries during a match on Wednesday night.
Amber Dempster, a striker with Linfield Ladies, suffered concussion and whiplash in the closing stages of the Blues' 3-1 defeat by Cliftonville in a Northern Ireland Women's Football Association league game at Solitude.
She had to leave the north Belfast stadium on a stretcher and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where she underwent a brain scan.
The 22-year-old was later released and spent yesterday recuperating at home.
It brought a dramatic and worrying end to what was always going to be Amber's last game for the Blues; the Bangor girl is due to fly off to the United States next week to begin a sports management course.
Linfield Ladies youth development officer, Martine Power, said Amber's condition was a cause of great concern after the game.
"She sustained a blow to the head after a robust challenge from a Cliftonville player," said Ms Power.
"As soon as she went down our physio came onto the pitch and Amber was helped off.
"At first we didn't realise how serious her injuries were, but then she was dizzy, faint and drifting in and out of consciousness, and an ambulance was called."
Ms Power added: "The brain scan revealed she had concussion and she also sustained pulled ligaments in the neck and back.
"It was such a relief when she got the all-clear.
"I also got messages from some of the Cliftonville girls who were worried too. But Amber was in touch with me the morning after the game and I'm sure she'll be 100% with a couple of days' rest."