They hit the ground alongside McGinley, whose arm shot out and the crook of his elbow closed tightly around Cole's throat, strangling him. Samuel's punches rained down onto Mickey who, still bewildered by this sudden development, did little to defend himself. By the time Mickey came to terms with the situation blood poured from his nose and from cuts on his cheek and mouth.
Ignoring the pain of the pummelling fists - he'd suffered worse in many fights - he raised an arm across his face to defend himself and looked sideways at Cole.
Not easily frightened, what O'Donohue saw scared him.