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Glenavon trio cleared after ban confusion

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton will have Rhys Marshall, Kyle Neill and Shane McCabe available for the Boxing Day derby at home to Portadown.

The trio were all suspended for Friday night's Danske Bank Premiership game against Warrenpoint Town, which was abandoned at half-time when one of the floodlights failed.

There were fears among the Glenavon management that Marshall, Neill and McCabe would have their bans carried over to the derby clash, but they have been cleared by Irish FA rules.

Article 11 of the association's Disciplinary Code states that: "If a match is abandoned, cancelled, or forfeited, suspension (or part thereof) is only considered to have been served if the team to which the suspended player belongs is not responsible for the facts that led to the abandonment, cancellation or forfeit of the match."

The fact that neither club was directly responsible for the floodlight going out means that the one-match suspensions of Marshall, Neill and McCabe are now deemed to have been served.

And having been regular starters for most of this season the three suspended players are all now in line to return to the team to face the Ports.

For McCabe it will be his first Boxing Day battle in Glenavon colours, having previously figured in festive mid-Ulster derby duels with Portadown before he left the club almost two years ago.

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Glenavon won 4-2 at Shamrock Park in mid-October, but have picked up only one win since then and slipped to eighth in the table on Saturday.

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