Institute's game at Ballinamallard United abandoned after Niall Grace suffers leg break

Institute's encounter at Ballinamallard United was abandoned after just 10 minutes following a serious injury to midfielder Niall Grace.

By Kevin McLaughlin
Saturday, 9th October 2021, 4:34 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th October 2021, 4:36 pm
NIall Grace.
NIall Grace.

The former Stute man put in a heavy challenge on Institute youngster Liam Walsh, but injured himself badly and after a stoppage of around 40 minutes referee Shane McGonigle, who actually red carded the Creggan man for the challenge, abandoned the game, at a sun-soaked Ferney Park.

Grace was eventually stretchered off into an ambulance some 50 odd minutes after the incident, with both manager's Harry McConkey and Brian Donaghey, his current and former team-mates by his side, wishing him all the best.

For Institute boss Donaghey, who worked with Grace at both Stute and Cliftonville, he hopes the injury isn't as bad as first feared.

"I did fear the worst when I heard the noise after the tackle and I wasn't sure if it was Liam or Niall," he stated.

"Having worked with Niall and I know him personally, he's a fantastic lad and I have a lot of time for him and our best wishes go to him. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery and hopefully it isn't as bad as first feared."