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Violent scenes may affect Derry Club Championship

By John Campbell

The outcome of the probe by the Derry Competitions Control Committee into the violence that marred the club championship game between Ballinderry and Kilrea at the weekend could yet have ramifications for the competition overall.

Although Ballinderry won the game by a point, their chances of making further progress in the championship could be hit if Enda Muldoon, Darren Conway and Conor Nevin are given lengthy bans following their dismissals during the game by referee Barry Toland.

Kilrea trio James Kielt, James Donaghy and Paul Morgan were also red-carded.

Ballinderry had been rated among the shorts-odds favourites to win the title having been among Derry’s top sides over the last decade during which they won the All-Ireland club title back in 2002 under then manager Brian McIver.

The fracas in last Sunday’s game has left an extremely bitter taste in the mouths of Derry officials and followers, coming as it did in the wake of a disappointing summer with the county team’s exit from the Ulster and All-Ireland championships.

It has been confirmed that the Competitions Control Committee’s investigation will be “very in-depth”.

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