Result: Coleraine 2-2 Glenavon

No Joel Cooper in the squad today, possibly due to an injury , so it’s a start on the left wing for Paddy McCourt.

Early chance for Glenavon inside the first two minutes with Eoin Bradley getting beyond his man but Chris Johns beat away a shot from Andy Hall who took charge of the ball ahead of Bradley.

David Elebert limped off after just 13 minutes when he seemed to injure his ankle on landing after heading a cross.

Photo by Alan Weir

Photo by Alan Weir

Bradley put the Lurgan Blues ahead in the 31st minute when he headed in a cross from the left by Andy Hall. McCourt had been involved in the build-up which led to a corner. He had pinged an accurate cross field pass from left to right to find Rhys Marshall. He cut across the edge of the box before squaring a pass to McCourt who took a touch before shooting, the ball being deflected out for a corner. This was taken by Hall but only half cleared and the winger crossed it back in to the middle where Bradley found himself unmarked and his header went in off the underside of the bar.

Photo by Alan Weir

Photo by Alan Weir

Mark Sykes spurned a great chance to double the lead in the 54th minute when he glanced a superb cross by Rhys Marshall just wide after finding himself unmarked six yards out.

Paddy McCourt then went on a mesmerising run into the Coleraine box and put over a superb low cross that was missed by everyone in the middle.

Kevin Braniff tapped in from close range to make it 2-0 to the visitors in the 68th minute when Bradley ran on to Andrew Doyle’s ball down the right and cut the ball back from the bye line.

Kevin Braniff celebrates with Eoin Bradley after making it 2-0 to Glenavon. Photo by Alan Weir

Kevin Braniff celebrates with Eoin Bradley after making it 2-0 to Glenavon. Photo by Alan Weir

Hall had the ball in the net eight minutes later when his left foot shot hit the post and ended up in the net, possibly off the back of the Coleraine keeper but the offside flag went up against Ciaran Martyn. Would like to see a replay of that decision!

Bradley forced Johns to tip a fierce drive over the bar when he ran onto another pass from Doyle.

Two goals in four minutes drew the home side level in the 86th minute.

Bannsiders sub Jamie McGonigle pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute when he smashed Darren McCauley’s cut back into the roof of the net.

Johns then beat away a free kick by Bradley but moments later it was 2-2 when Coleraine’s other sub Jordan Allan ran onto a low cross from the right by McGonigle and fired a low shot into the bottom corner.

Jordan Allan equalises for Coleraine. Photo by Alan Weir

Jordan Allan equalises for Coleraine. Photo by Alan Weir

There was a great chance in stoppage time for Hall as Bradley slid the ball across the six yard box but the the Glenavon winger missed the ball and the keeper gathered and released it quickly but Coleraine spurned the chance to win it as they break but McAuley missed the target when well placed.

Five minutes of stoppage time.

Full time 2-2 and it feels like a loss to the Glenavon fans in a game which the Lurgan Blues dominated.

Coleraine: Johns, Mullan, Ogilby, McConaghie, Brown, McCauley, McCafferty, Kee (c), Parkhill, Twigg, McLaughlin. Subs: Higgins, Edgar, Morrow, McGonigle, (Parkhill 71), Allan (Twigg 53)

Glenavon: Tuffey, Doyle, Lindsay, Elebert, Marshall, Hall, Martyn, Sykes, McCourt (c), Bradley, Braniff. Subs: Hamilton (McCourt 72), Kilmartin, Patton (Elebert 13), McGrory, Bates (Braniff 88)

Referee: Raymond Hetherington


Preview: Coleraine v Glenavon

danske-logoGlenavon hit the road again tomorrow for the third away trip in a row, for game #9 in the Danske Bank Premiership as they take on Coleraine. Although Glenavon won all four games against the Bannsiders last season, Oran Kearney’s side have made a solid start to the season with three wins and a couple of draws in their first seven games so Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is expecting a tough encounter.ctdffzlwcaa1tsi

“Although we beat them four out of four last season, the score lines sometimes didn’t reflect the game and this season, as well as James McLaughlin, Oran has other players chipping in with goals. The season before it was them who took more points off us so it will be a tough game.

“We’ll need to be on top of our game and put in a good shift tomorrow. I’ve been pleased enough with the way we played in the last two league games and the lads showed their resilience last week when it was 10 against 9 so we are going there with a positive attitude,” Gary told us.

The Lurgan Blues boss and defender Kris Lindsay are both available after sitting out the mid-week Mid-Ulster Cup match, both having been sent off in last weekend’s game at Dungannon Swifts.

Paddy McCourt played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s Mid-Ulster Cup quarter final against Newry City AFC, scoring his first Glenavon goal in a 4-0 win, as he continues to build up his match fitness. Long-term injury duo James Singleton and Kyle Neill also started the game though Neill had to come off after half an hour as a precaution when he felt a tight calf. Simon Kelly is a doubt but David Elebert is available again after missing last Saturday’s game because of a family wedding.

Anyone who can’t make Saturday’s game at the Showgrounds will wish to note that the final game of the Under-17 European mini-tournament takes place at MVP, kick off  3.00pm, when Northern Ireland entertain San Marino. Admission is free.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Raymond Hetherington Paul Robinson Adrian Sobieski Ian McNabb


Mid-Ulster Cup: Newry City AFC 0-4 Glenavon (Tue)

Glenavon went in front after Declan O’Brien was fouled in the box by Stephen McCabe. Andy McGrory stepped up and while the initial shot was saved, he was unable to prevent the follow-up finding the net.

On 18 minutes it was 2-0 as Guy Bates hit a sweet, sidefooted effort from the edge of the box which lifted up and curled over the retreating goalkeeper’s head.

Paddy McCourt scored his first goal for Glenavon just after the hour mark with a fine goal. The ball came across to the winger from the right wing, the former Celtic man creating space for himself by jinking to the right before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top right corner.

The scoring was wrapped up 14 minutes from time. Substitute Jordan Jenkins burst down the right wing and cross was turned in by the unfortunate Neil Mullen.

Newry City: Murphy, McCaul, King, Mullen, Currab, McMahon, Walker, McCann, Carville, M. McCabe, S. McCabe. Subs: McMullan (McCaul 84), Johnston, Havern (S McCabe 65), Patton (McCann 75), Smith.

Glenavon: Taylor, McGrory, Neill, Marron, Elebert, Martyn, McCourt, Singleton, O’Brien, Bates, Burns. Subs: Jenkins (O’Brien 65), Young (Neill 27), McIlmail, Norton (Singleton 65), Marshall.

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

Sad News

Glenavon Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of our former player Jim Semple. Older supporters will recall that Jim was a member of the team that faced Danish champions Aarhus in the European Cup in the 1957/58 season – the first time an Irish League side had entered Europe’s premier club competition.

Over the years Jim was a welcome visitor to the Mourneview Boardroom, as Chairman of Crusaders and President of the Irish League and more recently as Vice President of Crusaders Football Club.

Condolences are sent to his family circle and friends at this sad time.