Former Down star suffered broken jaw in brawl game

October 12, 2018

Former Down star Ronan Murtagh. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

Former Down forward Ronan Murtagh suffered serious facial injuries in last Sunday's controversial Down Division 1 football clash between Ballyholland and Downpatrick, which was overshadowed by a shocking late brawl.

In what was his last game for the Ballyholland seniors, Murtagh suffered a fractured cheekbone, jaw and eye socket following an accidential clash with a team-mate in the early stages of the game. According to the Irish News, the 2010 All-Ireland SFC finalist was due to be released from Dundonald Hospital yesterday.

The game was marred by a mass brawl which spilled out of the pitch and into the carpark following an altercation between two spectators, having been rescheduled after the original tie was abandoned after a player was allegedly kicked in the head.

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