Mass brawl mars Fenway Hurling Classic

November 22, 2015

Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox

What was meant to be an exhibition match between Galway and Dublin descended into a mass brawl in this evening's inaugural Fenway Classic in Boston.

With a crowd of over 28,000 looking on at the home of the Boston Red Sox, things turned nasty in the first half when a good old-fashioned melee broke out. When order was eventually restored, referee Alan Kelly decided to issue yellow cards to just two players - Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley and Galway captain Andy Smith.

Galway, who are currently without a manager, won the 11-a-side game, 50-47.

Soccer goals were used with the teams awarded five points for a goal outside the defensive zone (20 yards) and three points for goals inside the zone, while unlimited substitutions could be used during the four 15-minute quarters.

Galway's Jason Flynn top-scored with 18 points, while Conor Whelan racked up 12 points in a game which Dublin looked like winning when they led by 36-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, P Mannion, J Coen; G Lally (3pts), S Moloney (3pts); I Tannian, A Harte; J Flynn (18pts), C Whelan (12pts), A Smith. Subs: E Burke, R Burke, C Donnellan, C Flynn, J Glynn, J Hanbury, D Higgins, P Killeen, C Mannion (3pts), G McInerney, B Molloy (11pts), J Skehill.

Dublin: G Maguire; S Barrett, L Rushe J Boland; C Crummy, E Dillon (17pts); N McMorrow (5pts), C Boland; O O'Rorke, D O'Callaghan (3pts), P Ryan. Subs: C Bennett, C Dooley, J Madden, S Lambert, J McCaffrey (3pts), A Nolan, R McBride, C McBride (3pts), C Mac Gabhan, E O'Donnell, B Quinn, F McGibb (10pts), D Sutcliffe (6pts).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)

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