Floodlight failure forces match to be abandoned

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Floodlight failure brought the historic first Premier League game at Warrenpoint to an abrupt end on Friday night.

The home team were leading 1-0 at the break, but that was as much action as the crowd would see as the referee had no option but to postpone the match after waiting 27 minutes to see if they could be repaired.

One of the four main pylons went out during the break and twice Glenavon came out to restart the game but they had to leave the field as it kept going out.

“The referee had no option,” said Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton. “It was not because we were losing 1-0 we wanted it off, I felt we had the wind with us for the second half and were first out keen to get on with tuning the match around.

“I feel sorry for Warrenpoint as they have been looking forward to this occasion for some time but you can’t play with just three lights working. There is also the danger a player from either side will get injured and that is something neither team would want.”

Warrenpoint’s pace was causing Glenavon plenty of problems in the first 45 minutes and they took the lead when Daniel Hughes burst clear to fire past Andy Coleman on 21 minutes. Now that first ever Premier League goal at Milltown will be wiped from the history books.

Andy Coleman made a superb save to deny Devlin from adding the Town’s lead but Glenavon had their chances too with David Rainey unable to connect in a goalmouth scramble and Kris Lindsay glanced a header inches over the bar.

Glenavon won a penalty just before the break when Bagnall handled in the box but Gary Hamilton’s spot kick was saved by Jonathan Parr.

Now Hamilton and his team will turn their attention to be derby clash with Portadown on Boxing Day.