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Billy Weir

It's not all doom and gloom, Larne show neighbourly love

Billy Weir


The brawl

I am not going to dwell long on the ridiculous scenes at Warrenpoint Town's game with Ballymena United in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup on Saturday.

Suffice to say it was a scene better suited to the BBC programme of a similar name but, with investigations under way by everyone under the sun, it is perhaps best to draw a discreet veil over it and let the dust settle.

I wasn't there so I can't comment with any certainty as to what happened.

I've seen the TV pictures and heard claim and counter-claim. The 'he-said, she-said' process we are currently in isn't helping and gives the critics - who just love to stick the feet into the domestic game - a chance to get on their high horse.

Yes, it wasn't good but maybe it will have the knock-on effect of the powers-that-be changing the daft substitution rule where players now have to leave the field at the nearest point.

I know the two aren't directly connected, but my fear was that something like this would happen when a player was making his way past opposition supporters and get involved in some sort of altercation.

But while this incident has made headlines across the globe, there was another in Saturday's Irish Cup programme that was largely ignored.

Ballyclare Comrades hosted east Antrim neighbours Larne at Dixon Park, where over 1,000 people came through the gates, the majority of them fans of the Invermen.

As it was a cup game, Larne were entitled to half the gate receipts but allowed the home team to keep them.

Yes, Larne have lots of cash but, as my mother says, money doesn't buy you class. A great gesture by Larne and just a reminder that we're not all the hallions the non-believers would have us painted as.

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