The Tully Bookmakers Cup tie between Bellurgan United and Square United came to an abrupt end after 35 minutes of the second half at Tom Flynn Park on Sunday morning.
With the home side winning 3-1, the referee was left with no choice but to abandon the match after a visiting player had received a straight red card, sparking unsettling scenes.
In a game that was played in a competitive and sporting spirit, Square opened the scoring in the first minute with an Andy Rogers goal from a corner kick.
Bellurgan drew level on 15 minutes when Ciaran Sheelan was set up to score after excellent interplay between Diarmuid Murphy and Daniel O’Connor.
Within five minutes it was 2-1, this time Darryn Gaynor was the marksman after Sheelan had whipped a ball across the face of goal and the onrushing Gaynor calmly finished from six yards.
Bellurgan opened up a two goal cushion when Gaynor added his second on 25 minutes.
With both teams competing with a normal cup tie attitude there was no hint of the mayhem to follow when, with ten minutes left to play, a Square player was shown a straight red card following an off the ball incident with a Bellurgan player.
Having been sent off, the same Square player allegedly became embroiled in another incident which left another Bellurgan needing medical treatment.
This left the referee with no option but to call a halt to what, up to that point, was otherwise nothing more than a competitive game of football.
BELLURGAN UNITED: Robert Arthur, Jonathan Winters, Damien Connor, Ciaran Casey, Keith Finnegan, Daniel O’Connor, Diarmuid Murphy, Owen Traynor, Paul Savage, Darryn Gaynor, Ciaran Sheelan.