— Marcas Ó Callanáin (@MOCallanain) November 22, 2015
GALWAY beat Dublin 50-47 in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic at Boston’s famous Fenway Park stadium on Sunday, but the game was marred by a mass brawl between both sets of players.
Dublin keeper Conor Dooley reacted to am aggressive challenge before his team-mates leapt to his defence, sparking the ugly scenes, with both sides guilty of throwing punches, wrestling and striking with their hurls.
Iarla Tannin and Andy Smith of Galway plus Dublin’s Dooley were all lucky to escape with yellow-cards, as sendings-off would have resulted in suspension in competitive games in Ireland since this was a fixture officially sanctioned by the GAA.
Over 25,000 people turned out to watch the 11-a-side exhibition match - in which only goals could be scored - in one of America’s most famous stadiums, which is normally reserved for baseball as the home of the Boston Red Sox.