Larne player Scott Irvine 'stable' in hospital with head injury

Larne player Scott Irvine was taken to hospital after colliding with a wall

Larne football player Scott Irvine is in a stable condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital after suffering a fractured skull in an Irish Cup game.

Irvine suffered 'cranial fractures' after crashing into a perimeter wall in the 28th minute of Saturday's Larne v Carrick Rangers tie at Inver Park.

The player is undergoing further scans to assess the extent of the injury.

Irvine received lengthy medical attention before being taken to hospital and the match was abandoned.

The injury happened when Irvine banged his head after a challenge with a Carrick player.

Initially, there was extreme concern from players and officials who were close to the incident.

The referee decided to call the game off and a new date for the fifth round East Antrim derby match will be arranged.

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