Barrow v Carlisle delayed after firework explodes near goalkeeper

An individual has been arrested after a firework was thrown on to the pitch and exploded close to Carlisle goalkeeper Michael Kelly in their 2-0 Papa John’s Trophy defeat at Barrow on Tuesday night.

The dramatic incident occurred less than three minutes into the match at Holker Street as Kelly prepared to take a goal-kick, with play held up for more than 15 minutes as officials worked to ensure the safety of players, with home fans moved away from the area behind Kelly’s goal.

Kelly was uninjured and completed the match, which Barrow won with second-half goals from Josh Kay and Sam Foley.

Cumbria police said on Twitter: “Throwing fireworks will not be tolerated by Cumbria police. One male has been arrested as a result of the incident at the @PapaJohnsTrophy fixtures between @BarrowAFC and @officialcufc.”

After the match Barrow released a statement pledging to ban the individual for life.

“During tonight’s Papa John’s Trophy game against Carlisle, an incident occurred which resulted in a firework being thrown onto the playing surface,” the statement said. “Barrow has a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour, including the use of pyrotechnics, and strongly condemns this behaviour.

“After working with Barrow police, a suspect has been identified and arrested and will be consequently be banned for life from the SO Legal Stadium.

“Barrow must emphasise that we do not want to be associated with these people and they are not welcome at the SO Legal Stadium.”