Larne match abandoned after injury to Scott Irvine

Scott Irvine
Scott Irvine

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The Irish Cup fifth-round match between Larne and Carrick Rangers was abandoned after a head injury to Scott Irvine.

It was scoreless in the East Antrim derby when Larne’s Irvine appeared to collide with the perimeter wall close to the home dugout.

Play was suspended after 28 minutes and the right-sided midfielder was treated at pitchside by paramedics.

Players from both teams left the field of play before a decision was taken by referee Keith Kennedy, in consultation with both sets of club officials, to abandon the tie.

Irvine was later stretchered off to a round of applause from both sets of fans in the main stand and the players who had assembled at the entrance to the dressing rooms.

It is understood Irvine has been taken to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.

Twitter was awash with good wishes for the former Ballyclare Comrades man.

The Cup tie will have to be replayed but no details of when the match is likely to take place are available at this time.

Larne: Connolly, Irvine, Smyth, McClean, Reynolds, McMullan, G. Gillan, E. Gillan, Maguire, Murray, King. Subs: Scott, McCabe, Todd, Robinson, C. Gillan.

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Smyth, Traynor, Donaghy, Taggart, Watson, Harmon, Cherry, Chines, Roy, McCloskey. Subs: Lagan, Lynch, McConnell, Kane, Arthur.

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Belfast).