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Barrow clash with Carlisle suspended in EFL Trophy after yob fan throws EXPLODING firework near visiting goalkeeper

CARLISLE UNITED keeper Michael Kelly narrowly escaped injury as their clash at Barrow was interrupted by a firework-throwing yob.

The shocking moment occurred during the third minute of the EFL Papa John’s Trophy Cumbrian derby showdown.

Carlisle’s goalkeeper narrowly avoided injury after a firework exploded in front of him
The referee instantly halted the game and led both sets of players off the pitch

Carlisle keeper Kelly was lining-up to take a goal kick when an object was thrown from behind the goal.

It was launched from the Holker Street End, which houses home supporters, as the 26-year-old was making his way across the six-yard line to restart play.

The device just missed him but landed just yards away inside the area as smoke began to fill the air.

Kelly, 26, then appeared to take a step towards it before the firework exploded right in front of him.

Fortunately for the Irishman he was unscathed from the disgusting incident.

But referee Seb Stockbridge instantly ordered both sets of players off the pitch at the SO Legal Stadium.

Cops and stewards then moved in to usher supporters to the nearby side terrace which runs down the side of the pitch.

The PA announcer then said: “Any further incidents will result in tonight’s match being abandoned.”

The game did then resume at 7:20pm – 18 minutes after the shock incident.

Despite the explosive start, spectators had to wait until the 70th-minute for the action to start as Josh Kay fired Barrow ahead.

Sam Foley then doubled the advantage with ten to go.

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