Friday night’s Munster derby between Munster and Cork City ended in chaos as a number of players and coaches were sent off in the closing stages.
Alan Reynolds’ side leapfrogged the defending champions at the RSC thanks to a late goal from new signing Courtney Duffus, but the drama was far from over.
With the match winding down and time running out to find an equaliser, City manager John Caulfield ran on to the pitch in order to retrieve the ball. Waterford midfielder Bastien Hery confronted the Leesiders’ boss, an altercation which resulted in Caulfield falling to the ground.
Cork City’s Garry Buckley immediately confronted Hery for what had just happened, which in turn led to both players being sent off. It also sparked a mass brawl that involved a number of players and coaching staff from both sides:
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Both sides were reduced to nine men in the aftermath of the fracas, with Stephen Aborah and Steven Beattie also received their marching orders. Both Reynolds and Caulfield were sent to the stands too for their involvement in the clash.
The match itself at the RSC finished 2-1, a result that puts newly-promoted Waterford level on points with Dundalk at the top of the Premier Division, while Cork City slip to third after suffering their second defeat of the season.