Warrenpoint Town’s appeal against their Premiership relegation has been rejected after an arbitration hearing.
The club appealed the IFA’s decision not to impose a penalty on Carrick Rangers after then manager Gary Haveron incorrectly served a ban.
A successful appeal would have left Carrick relegated and Warrenpoint in a promotion/relegation play-off.
Monday night’s decision means Ballinamallard and Institute will meet in the play-off second leg on Wednesday evening (7,45pm).
Ballinamallard manager, Whitey Anderson, has already indicated his intention to stand down and ironically is suspended for Wednesday’s game and will not sit in the dug out.
An IFA Disciplinary Committee opted not to punish Carrick, in spite of finding that their former manager Haveron had not properly served a touchline ban.
The committee said it was exercising its discretion in the matter.
Haveron sat out a three-game ban handed out by the IFA, but was in the dugout for his club’s match against Dungannon Swifts on April 23 when he should not have been.
Carrick faced a possible three-point deduction and relegation from the top flight if the outcome of the hearing had not gone in their favour.
The play-off first leg, which Ballinamallard won 2-1 at Stute, took place on May 6.