Carrick Rangers boss Stuart King welcomes NIFL decision on abandoned Glenavon game

By Darren Fullerton

Carrick Rangers boss Stuart King has welcomed a decision by NIFL that Saturday’s 4-0 scoreline at Glenavon will stand despite the 71st minute abandonment of the fixture.

The Danske Bank Premiership game was called off after Rangers defender Lee McNulty required hospital treatment following a serious ankle injury.

Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer said on Monday morning that the Lurgan club had “no desire” to appeal the scoreline or have the game replayed.

And in a further statement, the NI Football League has confirmed that the result will stand as a 4-0 victory to Carrick Rangers, propelling the Loughshore Arena club up to sixth in the table.

Welcoming the development, King said: “I think there was really only one outcome that could be reached in terms of the result and I do think common sense has prevailed.

“Fair play to Glenavon for releasing a statement saying they had no intention of contesting the result and I also welcome NIFL’s confirmation that the 4-0 win will stand in our favour.

“It’s fully deserved because I thought we were excellent on Saturday. I am delighted to be awarded the three points and thankfully Lee is also on the road to recovery which is the most important thing.”

McNulty, who joined Carrick in the summer after leaving Glenavon where he spent the second half of last season, spent Saturday night in two different hospitals.

King explained: “Lee went to Craigavon Hospital in severe pain immediately after the match and was subsequently transferred to Enniskillen Hospital (closer to his home) on Saturday night.

“It transpires he dislocated his ankle and may also have torn tendons or ligaments around his ankle, so he is currently in a plaster up to his knee.

“He's still in pain and we’ll just have to wait and see how he is when all the swelling goes down and the medical people review the scans and so on.

“But he is a big strong boy, he’ll be determined to make a full recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back playing Irish League football again.”

Earlier, Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer told the Lurgan club's website: "I spoke to my opposite number at Carrick Rangers, Peter Clarke, after the abandonment of the game.

"I made it clear to him that there was no prospect of Glenavon appealing to have the game replayed or have the outstanding 19 minutes of the match played."


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