A former law student faces sentencing for assault causing harm after a North Kerry League Division 2 final in 2014.
23-year-old Jeremiah Tydings of Ballynoneen, Listowel is charged with assaulting Daniel Riordan from Lisselton in Ballybunion on July 20th 2014.
Daniel Riordan suffered multiple fractures of orbital and facial bones.
Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard Mr Riordan had a plate put on over his left eye socket, has a scar over his left eyebrow and still suffers pain as a result of the assault.
Garda Mary Gardner told the court that Mr Riordan saw a scuffle between Mr Tydings and another man in the smoking area of The Exchange Bar and intervened to try to calm things down.
This led to the two men being ejected from the premises.
The court heard that Mr Tydings and Mr Riordan played for Asdee and Ballydonoghue respectively and there was rivalry between the teams.
Garda Gardner said the assault took place in the Cashen laneway and no CCTV footage exists.
The court heard Mr Riordan’s face was swelling up, he had severe pain on the top of his head and his left eye was closed.
He was brought to the Garda Station where an ambulance was called.
Defence Counsel Brian McInerney told the court his client has no previous convictions and a future career in law is on the scrap heap.
He said Mr Tydings is very ashamed of his actions, that he wishes to apologise unreservedly and humbly to Mr Riordan and wants it known that Mr Riordan did nothing wrong on the night.
Mr McInerney said Mr Tydings hopes the victim will be able to forgive, though he knows he is not entitled to that.
He offered €3800 in restitution.
The probation report said Mr Tydings sought addiction counselling, it also said that no further intervention by the service is needed at this time.
Mr McInerney said a custodial sentence would be unduly harsh and severe.
Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the case to consider the probation report and to fix a date for sentencing on April 3rd.