Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton admitted his boys hadn’t the ‘stomach’ to carry on after Carrick Rangers’ defender Lee McNulty suffered a horror injury which resulted in the abandonment of Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership game at Mourneview Park.
he 26-year-old was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle – the result of a freak accident 19 minutes from the end.
It will now be up to the Premiership’s Management Committee to decide the outcome of the match when they study referee Shane Andrews’ report on the incident.
Under rule 26b, they must decide whether to let the result stand; play out the remaining 19 minutes, or replay the match in its entirety.
Up to that point, Stuart King’s Rangers had produced their best performance of the season. They were four goals up when McNulty collapsed after landing awkwardly just outside his own penalty area.
Daniel Kelly hit two of the goals, and Lloyd Anderson and Cory McMullan the others.
Following a 25-minute stoppage – when both teams returned to the dressing room while medical staff treated McNulty – the managers had conflicting views.
Carrick Rangers boss Stuart King was adamant his boys wanted to carry on, but Hamilton insisted some of his players had no ‘stomach’ to resume.
“First and foremost, my thoughts were with Lee,” stressed Hamilton. “He played for me last year, he’s a top lad.
“The decision not to carry on was entirely down to the players. A few of them didn’t feel they could come back on to the pitch – James Singleton was one of them. He suffered a similar injury playing for Northern Ireland Under-21’s. He was one of the first ones on the scene when the injury occurred.”
However, Rangers boss King insisted his team wanted to see out the remaining 19 minutes, ‘to get three points for Lee’.
“Glenavon didn’t want to play on, I have no issue with that if they had players affected,” he said. “My players wanted to play on and get the result for Lee – I want to make that public.
I really feel for Lee, He said he cleared the ball, and just landed badly.It looks like a bad break.”