Cobh Ramblers have vowed to learn “lessons” from the crowd surge that caused a fence to fall during Sunday’s FAI Cup defeat against Cork City at St Colman’s Park.

The First Division club expressed relief that no one was hurt in the incident that followed City’s winning goal in the derby.

The FAI has launched an investigation into the incident, which took place in front of another impressive attendance of 2,710.

“As a club, the safety of all our patrons is the most important thing at every game,” Cobh said in a statement released on Monday morning.

“We are thankful that no one was hurt when part of our pitch fence collapsed yesterday in an area occupied by Cork City fans as they celebrated a goal.

“We could never have foreseen such a large forward splash onto the fence, but we are pleased that its collapsible design prevented any injuries.

“It was appropriate to disperse more of the Cork City fans in this particular area and we understand that.

“There was enough space in that terraced area for more spacing, especially behind the dugouts, and there was shared responsibility.

“Importantly, the distribution of families in the Liam McMahon Stand prevented children from being present during the surge. As part of our recap of the game, we’ll have it working for us. Finally, we would like to thank the Gardai, Cork City staff and the FAI representative, as well as our volunteers for their timely response.”

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