Declan Devine, the Derry City manager, blasted a section of the Finn Harps support who cheers as Ciaran Coll was stretchered off during tonight’s derby at Finn Park.
Coll was carried off after being on the receiving end of a horror tackle by Colm Deasy, who was sent off.
After getting treatment from Michael Hegarty, the Derry physio, Coll was carried off and taken to hospital.
Devine said that Coll had suffered a suspected broken leg.
“I thought it was horrendous. It was a really, really bad tackle,” Devine said.
“The suspicion is that he has a broken leg. Hopefully that’s not the case.
“I’m disappointed that some of the Finn Harps fans were cheering after seeing a player who gave ten years’ service to their football club, carried off on a stretcher. I thought that was poor.”
David Parkhouse’s late double, after Nathan Boyle cancelled out Aidy Delap’s opener, secured a 3-2 win for Derry, with Harps’ Mikey Place netting a consolation penalty with the last kick of the game.
Devine said: “We were in charge of the game, we had 11 players on the pitch, we went to sleep and it went to one-each.
“The boys showed character to get an absolutely fantastic second goal from David Parkhouse. It was a night for character, for work ethic and for the team to dig in.
“We’re over the moon to get three points because a lot of teams will get it difficult here.”
Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years’ experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.