A sickening injury to Jim Bob McCarthy brought proceedings to a premature end in the County Senior Hurling Relegation Semi Final Replay on Friday night in New Inn.
The game had yet to catch fire when eight minutes after the interval McCarthy challenged for a puck out and brought the sliotar to the ground. In one motion he bent low to scoop the loose possession into his grasp and just from the nature of his body position received a challenge that caused damage to his neck. The Golden management team and medical staff deserve superb credit with the fast action they took to get the injured party into a stable position until the ambulance arrived.
It took 23 minutes for the ambulance to land at the venue and with the sensitive nature of the injury all medical staff acted with superb professionalism and caution before manoeuvring McCarthy into the vehicle. Given the sustained time these proceedings took light was beginning to fade and with still over 20 minutes of action to be played referee Keith Delahunty consulted with both teams before making the decision to abandon the match.
This situation suited neither team as both would have been anxious to attempt to save their season with haste but each set up will have to return to the drawing boards and conjure up a new plan ahead of the third encounter.
The sides played two weeks earlier at the same venue when a late goal by Boherlahan’s Darragh Hickey levelled matters.
The same weekend Cashel King Cormacs lost their semi-final to Moneygall at The Ragg and now they await the losers of the Boherlahan v Golden tie in a play-off that will decide relegation.