DERRY CITY: City promise free admission to rescheduled Limerick match

A general view of the goals after floodlight failure resulted in the game being abandoned in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Limerick at Maginn Park in Buncrana, Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

A general view of the goals after floodlight failure resulted in the game being abandoned in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Derry City and Limerick at Maginn Park in Buncrana, Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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DERRY City has confirmed entry to the rescheduled league fixture against Limerick FC will be free after Friday night’s opening home game at Maginn Park was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

With the match level at 1-1 as Limerick’s Dean Clarke’s early goal was cancelled out by Ronan Curtis on 14 minutes, the venue was plunged into darkness as the lights suddenly went out and the players were ushered off the pitch.

In a statement the club said: “It was unfortunate that the floodlights failed on last Friday night at Maginn Park and that the match had to be abandoned. The weather was foul but the pitch itself and the standard of football from both teams was of a high standard.

“It was also very pleasing that the match was played in front of such a large crowd and in a very positive atmosphere. We want to thank our supporters for the manner in which they responded to the abandonment of the match and their appreciation of the limited facilities of Maginn.

“Our supporters will want to be assured that while lighting of the facility is not our prerogative or responsibility, the

appropriate authorities had examined and assured the club that the floodlights were up to appropriate standards.

The club is also aware that there were a number of small seating and visibilities issues on the night. These were mostly down to teething problems and every effort will be made to improve and eradicate as many of these as is possible.

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“The club is also aware that there were a number of small seating and visibilities issues on the night. These were mostly

down to teething problems and every effort will be made to improve and eradicate as many of these as is possible.

“Thanks to Limerick FC. for their magnanimity. Their courtesy and understanding could not have been greater. We also

want to thank the people of Buncrana for their warm welcome.

“The club has decided that admission to the return game will be free.”

The rescheduled game is pencilled in for Tuesday, March 21 at 7.45 p.m.