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Torrential rain forces abandonment at Ferney Park

Ballinamallard's Richard Leckey is challenged by Glenavon's Ciaran Martyn before the game was called off

Ballinamallard's Richard Leckey is challenged by Glenavon's Ciaran Martyn before the game was called off

 

Ballinamallard United 0 Glenavon 0

Referee Mervyn Smyth abandoned Monday night’s Irish Cup game between Ballinamallard and Glenavon after 32 minutes when torrential downpours saturated the Ferney Park surface.

Smyth said he was left with no choice give the conditions.

“In the conditions there it was quite clear that the ground became unplayable,” he explained.

“We inspected the ground before the game and were happy to proceed, but when the game started the rain came on heavily and was persistent and reached a point where the safety of the players became paramount.

“Quite clearly with surface water lying we took the decision to abandon the game.”

Although the home side started brighter, Glenavon missed a penalty when McCaul’s spot kick crashed back off the post following a foul.

Ballinamallard United: McCusker, Crilly, Stafford, Kee, McCartney, Feeney, McManus, Campbell, Martin, Leckey, Crawford. Subs: Cashel, Currie, Edgar, Hill, Elliott

Glenavon: McGrath, Neill, Murphy, Lindsay, Rainey, McGrory, Marshall, McCabe, Martyn, McCaul, Mulvenna. Subs: Hamilton, Bates, Kilmartin, Patton, McKeown

Referee: Mervyn Smyth

 

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