Aghada selector has lucky escape

A selector with a Cork senior football club was last night recovering in hospital after he was left briefly unconscious when accidentally struck in the head by a football before a county championship game yesterday afternoon.

The incident took place in the West Cork venue of Newcestown with Kenneth O’Keeffe, a selector with Aghada, the home club of Cork senior manager Conor Counihan, suffering the blow before the game.

A 55 minute delay resulted before the throw-in took place in Aghada’s first round tie against last year’s finalists Castlehaven with O’Keeffe receiving medical attention on the pitch before an ambulance arrived to transfer him to hospital.

Aghada manager Ronan Dwane last night revealed that O’Keeffe is expected to be okay after undergoing x-rays.

“Thankfully it looks like Kenneth’s okay. He had x-rays and was just kept in hospital overnight for observation. It was just during the kickaround when it happened. A ball was kicked and it smacked him square on the side of the head. He was then going in and out of consciousness. It was upsetting enough as a few of the lads would be very close to him as they’re related to him.”


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