FT: Glenavon 1-0 Crusaders

4: Philip Lowry dragged a 12 yard shot wide after a weak clearance by Kris Lindsay dropped to him.

17: Greg Moorhouse flicked Mark Patton’s cross just over the bar from the near post but he and Colin Coates ended up in a heap after a clash of heads.

23: Michael Gault replaced Coates who hasn’t recovered from the bang on the head.

27 minutes: Mark Patton sent off for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity as he tripped Gavin Whyte just outside the box. Whyte had been released by a clever pass from Jordan Owens and had a clear run on goal.

32: O’Brien on for Moorouse who was still looking a bit groggy from an earlier clash of heads with Colin Coates who had already been substituted by Michael Gault.

33: Michael Carvill caught a clearance from Kris Lindsay full in the face and has had to go off with blood pouring from his nose. He looks very dazed. David Cushley has replaced Carvill

35: Cushley’s curling right foot shot palmed away by Jonny Tuffey

45: Paddy McCourt fed the all to Rhys Marshall and he skipped past a couple of challenges into the Crues box.He finds O’Brien who has a low shot well saved by Sean O’Neill

Half time subs for G1lenavon: Elebert for Lindsay, Doyle for Kelly

78 : GOAL:  Glenavon score! Subsitute Jordan Jenkins swivelled and fired into the roof of the  net from 8  yards after a low Gary Hamilton free kick into the box was blocked between Elebert and a Crues defender and it fell for the young sub.

Teams:

Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Kelly, Lindsay, Patton, McGrory, McCourt (c), Kilmartin, Cooper, Bates Moorhouse. Subs: Hamilton, Doyle, Taylor (GK), O’Brien, Elebert, Jenkins

Crusaders: O’Neill, Burns, Beverland, Coates (c), McClean, Lowry, Clarke, Forsythe, Whyte, Carvill, Owens. Subs: Gault, Lyttle, Snoddy, Soares, Holden, Heatley, Cushley

Charity Shield Preview: Crusaders v Glenavon

The 2016/17 season gets underway this Saturday when Mourneview Park sees League Champions Crusaders take on Irish Cup winners Glenavon in the curtain-raising Charity Shield.Hospice

The game will once again benefit the Northern Ireland Hospice, supporting its world class palliative care services as well as staff, patients and their families.

For Glenavon Manager Gary Hamilton the result in tomorrow’s game isn’t the main thing. “It’s all about people coming out and raising money for a very worthwhile charity. One never knows if at some stage in our lives we or a family member will be in need of the type of care the hospice provides. It’s a very worthwhile cause to support and I hope as many people as possible turn out tomorrow no matter which team they support.”

As for the game itself Gary says “Players want to win every game they play, should it be a pre-season friendly or a competitive league match and that’s the mentality that’s bred into them. My main concern is getting them another 90 minutes under their belts and coming though the game unscathed and ready for next week’s league game against Carrick Rangers.”

Gary confirmed that Pat McCourt will play at least 45 minutes of the game as he continues to build up his match fitness. “Paddy hasn’t played football in over 3 months and he hasn’t trained much in that time as, naturally, he’s been focussed on helping his wife through her treatment so it’s going to be a while before he’s back to full match fitness again.”

Pat McCourt made his Glenavon debut against Banbridge Town. Photo by Alan Weir

Pat McCourt made his Glenavon debut against Banbridge Town. Photo by Alan Weir

Admission charges to the game have been fixed at £8 Adult, £5 Seniors and 12-16 year olds. Under 12s will be admitted free. Glenavon season ticket holders are asked to note that their tickets are not valid for this game.

Please note that access to the car park will not be permitted after 2.30 pm.

The Charity Shield kicks-off at 3.00pm and if it ends all-square after 90 minutes it will go straight to penalties – there will be no extra time.

Glenavon Appoint Commercial Director

The Board of Directors is currently undertaking a review of the Club’s administrative  and commercial operations including staffing structures and allocation of duties. As a first outcome of this review Eddie Drury has been appointed as the club’s Commercial Director. Eddie is anxious to involve as many people as possible in not only promoting Glenavon within the local community but also in the key area of fundraising.

Eddie explains further: “There is no doubt that during his tenure at the club Gary Hamilton, helped by the backing of the supporters and Directors, has done a fantastic job, attracting quality players, securing two Irish Cup triumphs plus European qualification three seasons in a row. To help give Gary every chance of building on this success in the future we need everyone in the local community and beyond to help in any way they can.

“There are a range of ways people and businesses can become involved: Mourneview Needs You, Club Lottery, match day sponsorship, signage around the ground, shirt sponsorship etc. There is also the opportunity over the coming months to subscribe to Mega Draw 2 with its range of fantastic prizes. I would therefore appeal to local businesses, supporters and, indeed, anyone with a love for Glenavon to get in touch and see how they can best help. An example would be match, ball or man of the match sponsorship. If you feel this may be too expensive then why not get together with a number of friends and enjoy that famous MVP hospitality? A match sponsor, for example, is currently required for our opening Danske Bank home fixture against Carrick Rangers on 6th August.”

Eddie also plans to establish a dedicated fundraising team. If you are interested in joining this team, or helping the club in other ways, Eddie can be contacted on 07866273306  or speak to him on any match day.

Once the review has been completed any further changes going forward will be announced by the website.

Charity Shield on Saturday

The 2016/17 season gets underway this Saturday when Mourneview Park sees League Champions Crusaders take on Irish Cup winners Glenavon in the curtain-raising Charity Shield.

The game will once again benefit the Northern Ireland Hospice, supporting its world class palliative care services as well as staff, patients and their families. Northern Ireland Hospice recently opened a £13m dementia-friendly hospice in Belfast: an 18 bedroom facility that provides the highest quality care to patients and support for their loved ones. The new hospice also includes an In Patient Unit, a Day Hospice, an education and research centre, private patient gardens, family facilities and a community nursing hub. It costs £6m per year for the Northern Ireland Hospice to provide its services, both in the hospice and community.

Heather Weir, NI Hospice CEO, said “Northern Ireland football clubs and the local fans have been great supporters of the Northern Ireland Hospice throughout the years. Last year’s final was a great spectacle and we hope this season’s opener will just be as entertaining.”

Admission charges to the game have been fixed at £8 Adult, £5 Seniors and 12-16 year olds. Under 12s will be admitted free. Glenavon season ticket holders are asked to note that their tickets are not valid for this game.

Please note that access to the car park will not be permitted after 2.30 pm.