- Our Reserves are back in action this Saturday afternoon when they take on Carrick Rangers Reserves at MVP. Kick off is 3.00 pm.
- Our Danske Bank Premiership fixture against Dungannon Swifts has been brought forward from Saturday 3rd December to Friday 2nd December. Kick off is 7:45 pm.
Many thanks to our sponsors for the Danske Bank Premiership game with Ballymena United on Saturday and also to our sponsors for last night’s Mid-Ulster Cup tie with Dungannon Swifts.
|Match Sponsor||Ball Sponsor||Man of the Match Sponsor|
|Ballymena Utd.||David Simpson||Bluebell Cottage Home & Gifts, Moira||Waringstown Cricket Club GSC|
|Dungannon Swifts||Al McCann||Pearl Sinnamon||Billy Vogan|
Both managers ring the changes for tonight’s Mid-Ulster Cup quarter final with a blend of youth and experience on show.
Greg Moorhouse put Glenavon in front in the 22nd minute when he headed in at the back post from a superb cross by Guy Bates. Andy McGrory doubled the lead three minutes later when he scored from the penalty spot after Swifts keeper Stuart Addis upended Bates in the 6 yard box as the striker dribbled his way towards the goal.
Bates got on the scoresheet himself in the 31st minute with a superb left foot finish into the top corner from the right corner of the Swifts box after an exquisite cross by McGrory with the outside of the right boot.
Terry Fitzpatrick rattled the Glenavon crossbar in the 36th minute with a shot from a neat cutback by Ronan Young but seconds later Bates was denied a second goal by a goal line clearance by young centre back Dale Robinson.
McGrory grabbed his second goal of the night, stabbing in from close range in the 81st minute after Declan O’Brien headed back Kyle Neill’s corner from beyond the far post.
O’Brien made it 5-0 four minutes from time when he ran onto a great through ball from Bates and outpaced Seanan Clucas before rounding Addis and sliding the ball into the net. He went close again minutes later when his header from McGrory’s cross was just off target.
Glenavon: Taylor, Young, Neill, Marron, Burns, McGrory, Klimartin (c), Braniff, Sharvin, Moorhouse, Bates. Subs: McKeown, Norton, O’Brien, O’Mahoney, McIlmail
Dungannon: Addis, Coyle, D Robinson, Lowe, Garaghty, Campbell, Fitzpatrick, McDonald, Young, Clucas, McElroy. Subs: C Robinson, Haugh, Roscoe, Kelly, McConville
Referee: Lee Tavinder
Man of the Match: Guy Bates
Glenavon entertain Dungannon Swifts in the Quarter Final of the Mid Ulster Cup tonight (Tuesday). The Swifts are, of course, the current holders of the trophy having won it in each of the past four seasons. Last season the teams met in the semifinal at Stangmore Park, the Swifts winning 3-2 after seeing a two goal interval lead cancelled out by Glenavon with an improved second half performance before Jamie Douglas popped up with a late winner.
Kick off at MVP is 7.45 pm. Admission charges are £8 Adult and £5 Concession. Season tickets are not valid for the game.
The match is being sponsored by Al McCann, with the ball sponsored by Pearl Sinnamon, and the Man of the Match award sponsored by Billy Vogan.
Crisis? What crisis?
Glenavon bounced back from a disappointing 0-0 draw with Carrick Rangers to thrash the league’s in-form side, Ballymena United, at Mourneview Park.
Boss Gary Hamilton made a number of changes to his starting line-up, with James Singleton making his first start of the season, while up top Kevin Braniff was dropped, with Paddy McCourt playing behind Eoin Bradley who was the lone frontman.
The game got off to a feisty start when Eoin Bradley had a clash with Ballymena’s Caolan Loughran. Loughran ended up on the floor – referee Raymond Crangle didn’t see it and waved play on.
Bradley was to go on and score the opener on seven minutes after he had been brought down by Kyle Owens on the edge of the box, the defender earning a booking for his troubles. Bradley stepped up and curled a wonderful free kick into net.
Glenavon’s lead was doubled on 21 minutes, Bradley turning provider as he crossed for Ciaran Martyn, who stooped low to head home.
Rhys Marshall came to the rescue to deny the Sky Blues when he blocked a Johnny McMurray shot a few minutes later; the striker’s follow-up going off target.
Glenavon bagged their third just before the half-hour mark as Jim Ervin turned in an Andy Hall cross.
Again Ballymena could have pulled a goal back through Cathair Friel just before the break, but Jonny Tuffey denied the striker.
Substitute Conor McCloskey had the first chance of the second half, missing the target on 51 minutes, before Willie Faulkner hit the post on 63 minutes.
Bradley spotted Ben McAuley off his line a short while later and attempted to lob the goalkeeper, but his audacious effort went over the bar.
A perfect pass by Paddy McCourt set up Bradley for his second and Glenavon’s fourth, the strike bearing down on goal before firing past the goalkeeper.
The returning Greg Moorhouse came off the bench to round off the scoring, running clear of the defence to power the ball past the goalkeeper.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Lindsay, Marshall, Cooper, Bradley, Hall, Sykes, McCourt, Martyn, Singleton. Subs: Kilmartin, Patton, McGrory, Moorhouse, Braniff.
Ballymena United: McAuley, Kane, Owens, Thompson, Jenkins, Faulkner, Friel, Wallace, Ervin, McMurray, Loughran. Subs: Flynn, Gage, McCloskey. E.Kane, Lowry.
Referee: R Crangle.