Footballer dies of match-clash injuries

A young footballer left fighting for his life after being injured in a pre-season friendly has died.

A young footballer left fighting for his life after being injured in a pre-season friendly has died.

Paul Quinn, 22, was knocked unconscious when he collided with a fellow player in Navan on Wednesday night. He died from his injuries in hospital early this morning.

The freak accident happened when the defender, who played for Navan Cosmos, went to head the ball and hit his head on the knee of another player.

He collapsed and failed to regain consciousness.

His parents, Pat and Theresa Quinn, from Navan, flew home early from a holiday in Portugal to be with their son.

They remained at his bedside in Our Lady’s General Hospital, Navan, along with Paul’s brother, Stephen, 20, who had been playing in the same match.

Mr Quinn recently qualified as an architect.

The football community was in shock following the accident, which was said to have happened about halfway through the second half of the match against visiting team Skryne/Tara.

First aid staff at the Meath District League grounds on the Trim Road, Navan, tried in vain to resuscitate Mr Quinn. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and the game was immediately called off.

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