Butler injury over-shadows U21 defeat

An anxious Brendan Flynn and the Leitrim medical team wait for assistance as a prone Gary Butler lies on the field in McHale Park Castlebar after the Fenagh St. Caillin's man was injured in a collision during last Wednesday's Eirgrid Connacht U21 Championship clash.
A serious injury to full-back Gary Butler over-shadowed Leitrim’s loss to Mayo last Wednesday in the Eirgrid Connacht U21 Championship in McHale Park.

A serious injury to full-back Gary Butler over-shadowed Leitrim’s loss to Mayo last Wednesday in the Eirgrid Connacht U21 Championship in McHale Park.

The Leitrim full-back was injured in a heavy collision with Leitrim keeper Brendan Flynn and Mayo’s Michael Hall as Mayo scored their second goal in a 4-7 to 0-8 loss.

Play was held up for 23 minutes and the teams left the field while officials waited for an ambulance to arrive with Leitrim manager Shane Ward expressing surprise at the failure to have an ambulance athe ground for a game that attracted almost 1,000 spectators.

“It is surprising for a Connacht Championship match that there wouldn’t be an ambulance on standby,” Shane said, “I suppose a big town like Castlebar, there should be something relatively close by but I suppose those are the times we are living in at the present time.”

For more on Leitrim’s U21 defeat in Castlebar, see pages 77 to 79.