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Hospitals and Athletic heavily fined

new all weather pitch at the bawnacre

The incident took place at the Bawnacre Centre

TWO Fermanagh and Western League clubs have been heavily fined for their part in a melee that took place in the final moments of a Division Three game at the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown.

The promotion clash between Omagh Hospitals and Enniskillen Athletic on March 1 was abandoned in the 89thminute by Kesh whistler Dercyk Wilson after players from both teams became involved in a mass brawl.

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Representatives of the opposing clubs appeared at the monthly management committee meeting of the Fermanagh and Western League on Thursday night.

And after hearing submissions from all involved the local governing body imposed hefty £200 fines on each club as well as ruling the result at the time of abandonment (1-1) would stand.

Fintona Swifts were also in the dock for playing too many first teamers in their reserve side.

Maguirebridge Reserves protested that Swifts Reserves had played more than three first team players against them in a recent Reserve Division 2 game.

Maguiresbridge’s protest was ruled out of order on a technicality, however, after carrying out their own investigation, the Fermanagh and Western found the Ecclesville Park club guilty. Swifts were fined £100 and the three points duly deducted.

Meanwhile Enniskillen Town manager Rory Judge has been banned for one game for comments he made about referee Jerome McElroy following the top-of-the-table clash with Strathroy Harps on February 15.

The Town boss was also hit with a £75 fine.

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And Killen Rangers will this week learn the final price of the incident that led to the abandonment of their Irish Junior Cup quarter-final clash against Lisnarick on March 1.

Killen have appealed against further fines and bans recently imposed on the north Tyrone club. Their appeal will be heard at IFA headquarters on Wednesday evening.

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