Coleraine FC striker Eoin Bradley has been banned for six games for urinating on the pitch during a Northern Irish Cup match in July.

The former Derry GAA star was punished for the incident, which occurred on 27 July just before extra-time during a semi-final against Ballymena United.

The match was played behind closed doors at Windsor Park and was also the first competitive match in Northern Ireland post-Covid lockdown.

Bradley had given Coleraine the lead from a direct free-kick just before half-time, before a stoppage time equaliser from Kenny Kane took the match to extra-time and penalties, which Ballymena subsequently won to reach the Irish Cup final. Bradley was among the Coleraine players to miss during the shootout.

He was subsequently charged with misconduct by the Irish Football Association, with Coleraine boss Oran Kearney confirming the six-game ban after their pre-season game against Annagh United.

Referencing the club's upcoming North-West Cup commitments which start against Portstewart, he said: "For us it will count as competitive games and Skinner has a six game ban to fulfill and ideally for us, we want to get through to the next round.

"If we can go a couple of rounds in it and get to the final – it would kill three games of his ban.

"It will also do no harm as people need minutes as well."