WATCH: Mass brawl mars exhibition match as fighting Irish bring hurling to Boston
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WATCH: Mass brawl mars exhibition match as fighting Irish bring hurling to Boston

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.

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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.