Fireworks land on pitch in "bad, bad" scenes during chaotic Irish league game

A chaotic Irish Premier League match between Waterford and Shamrock Rovers was briefly suspended on Friday night when players were struck by fireworks on the pitch.

Footage circulating on social media shows fans igniting fireworks and throwing them onto the field 15 minutes into the game, forcing referee Rob Hennessy to bring it to a halt.

Players and coaches were seen covering their heads and ducking for cover as pyrotechnics exploded in and around them, while some even appeared to be set off in the crowd.

Waterford's Anthony Wordsworth was left holding his face after being struck by a firework before dropping to his knees.

But as he received help from his team-mates, another came crashing in to strike him for a second time.

In one clip of a television broadcast of the match in Ireland, the commentator can be heard saying: "This is what we just don't need. This is bad, bad, bad."

It is believed the fireworks came from the away end at RSC, which resulted in an eight-minute stoppage.

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Hennessy eventually got the game back up and running, although a PA announcement warned supporters inside the stadium: "The referee has stated that if there is any more anti-social behaviour, the game will be abandoned."

Shamrock went on to record a 3-1 win over Waterford, moving them 15 points clear at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Police are said to have ejected a number of fans responsible for the fireworks from the stadium before play was resumed on the night.

Waterford and Shamrock's clash was not the only fixture marred by pyrotechnic trouble on Bonfire night, nevertheless.

Non-league outfit Hashtag United had to abandon their game entirely when fireworks let off in a nearby house struck one of their players on the pitch.

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Hashtag reserves were leading 2-0 against Concord Rangers reserves when Matas Skrna was hit on his ankle by a rocket which came flying out of the house, bringing him tumbling to the ground in agony.

The club have confirmed Skrna has recovered from the incident, but Friday's match had to be abandoned when the house in question refused to stop letting off fireworks.

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