A former Carlisle United player is recovering in hospital after being taken ill during a game in Northern Ireland.

Tony Kane had to leave the pitch in the first half of a match for Dundela against Newington.

His Belfast club later provided an update.

"Tony had to leave the pitch early during yesterday's game with Newington and attend hospital due to feeling unwell," NIFL Championship club Dundela announced.

"Tony remains in hospital, but is in good spirits and feeling good this morning."

Dundela added: "All at Dundela FC wish Tony a speedy recovery."

Kane, 36, has been a Dundela player since 2021.

The defender and midfielder was on Carlisle's books from 2009 to 2011 after joining the Blues from Blackburn Rovers under Greg Abbott.

He made 15 appearances and was a regular member of the matchday squad under Abbott in League One.

The Belfast-born player went on to play for Darlington before returning to Ireland with Cliftonville and Ballymena United, where he spent ten years.

Another former Carlisle defender, meanwhile, is starting life as the new manager of National League North's bottom club Darlington.

Josh Gowling has been appointed the Quakers' boss after Alun Armstrong's recent sacking.

News and Star: Josh GowlingJosh Gowling (Image: PA)

The ex-Blues player, 39, returns to management after departing Hereford in February.

Gowling was a Carlisle player from 2008 to 2009, making six appearances.