Result: Glentoran 2-0 Glenavon

Sorry for lack of updates during today’s game due to a poor Wi-Fi connection at The Oval.

Same starting line-up for Glenavon.

Jonathan Smith’s 23rd minute free kick rebounded off the bar and Jonny Tuffey got down well to save his diving header as the ball was played back in from the right.

Smith put the Glens ahead in the 31st minute with a near post header from a Stephen McCullough free kick.

Eoin Bradley was very harshly booked for simulation when he was dragged to the ground in the penalty area by Jonny Addis in the 25th minute.

Eoin Bradley is booked for simulation by Referee Andrew Davey. Photo by Alan Weir.

Eoin Bradley is booked for simulation by Referee Andrew Davey. Photo by Alan Weir.

Joel Cooper’s 38th minute shot from inside the box was well saved by Elliott Morris.

In the final minute of the half Tuffey did well to get out and block Steven Gordon’s close range effort.

Four minutes into the second half and Morris made a great save diving to his left to push Andy Hall’s free kick round the post.

Mark Sykes' effort is blocked by Jonny Addis. Photo by Alan Weir.

Mark Sykes’ effort is blocked. Photo by Alan Weir.

In the 53rd minute Hall ran onto Mark Sykes pass before feeding the ball into the box for the run of Daniel Kearns. His shot was blocked out for a corner which was headed goal-wards by Kris Lindsay. Morris’ punch rebounded off the back of his defender and would have gone in but for Barry Holland’s header off the line.

Kris Lindsay gets a diving header on target. Photo by Alan Weir.

Kris Lindsay gets a diving header on target. Photo by Alan Weir.

The Glens keeper then mis-hit a free kick straight to Hall and the Glenavon winger had a shot from his own half that was on target but the Glens keeper got back to clutch it out of the air.

Gary Hamilton replaced Simon Kelly with 79 minutes gone as Glenavon went three at the back in an attempt to get the equaliser. Rhys Marshall’s great run into the box in the 81st minute was thwarted when his shot was blocked by defenders who threw themselves in the way.

Glenavon pile on the pressure late on. Photo by Alan Weir.

Glenavon pile on the pressure late on. Photo by Alan Weir.

Gordon clinched the three points and a first win for Glens boss Alan Kernaghan when his 86th minute shot looped up off the boot of Marshall and over the helpless Tuffey to make it 2-0.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Kelly (Hamilton 79), Lindsay (C), Dillon, Hall, Kilmartin, Sykes, Cooper (Patton 72), Kearns, Bradley (O’Brien 86). Subs: Neill, Patton, McGrory, O’Brien, Hamilton

Cautions: Bradley 25, Hall 31, Sykes 64, Kelly 64, Kilmartin 78

Glentoran: Morris, Holland (c), Addis, Magee, McCullough, McCaffrey, Henderson (Hamill 81), Gordon, Caldwell, Smith, Allen. Subs: Hogg (GK), Cafolla, Fearon, O’Hanlon, Hamill.

Cautions: Holland 30, Henderson 48

Referee: Andrew Davey

Preview: Glentoran v Glenavon

Game is ON following an 11am pitch inspection.

12308945_1210763068939975_1041257519_nGlenavon travel to take on Glentoran in tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture at The Oval with new Glens manager Alan Kernaghan seeking his first win since taking over from Eddie Patterson.
The hosts have striker Curtis Allen back from a ban but Willie Garrett is suspended having picked up his 5th caution. Kyle Neill returns from his one game ban after sitting out last Saturday’s Mourneview Park victory over Linfield.

“Everybody who played last Saturday is fully fit and Kyle comes back into the squad and will be on the bench tomorrow, ” Gary revealed. When asked about Kevin Braniff’s comeback from his hamstring injury he told us “Kevin started back training on Thursday night and now it’s a question of building up his fitness over a few more training sessions and then he’ll get a chance to gradually build up game time with the Reserves. We want to make sure he’s right before we bring him back as you can’t take chances with hamstring injuries.”

There has been speculation recently over interest from other clubs in Daniel Kearns who has proven a big hit with the Glenavon fans. “Obviously we want to keep him. His quality is there for all to see and we’ll be trying hard to work out something if we possibly can,” Gary explained.

Looking ahead to the trip tomorrow Gary said “They have a new manager and they have raised their levels and have been improving over the last few games. It’s always difficult at The Oval so we have to be professional and carry on doing what we’ve been doing well in the last few games. We’ll have to be on top of our game and show the qualities that have earned us three points in each of our last three games.”

The sides drew 0-0 in the Mourneview Park game earlier in the season, one of only three league games this season when Glenavon has failed to score, though it wasn’t for want of trying with the woodwork and goal line clearances denying the Lurgan Blues a first home win of the season.

The Oval has recently been a happy hunting ground for Glenavon who have won there on the last four visits. Last season was particularly pleasing for Gary Hamilton who scored a double to help complete a 4-2 comeback win last November and the player-manager grabbed the late winner in a 2-1 victory back in February.

Bus Times

@Victoria_GSC Bus leaves at 12:00, going to the Castlereagh GSC before the match; @TriangleGSC leaving MVP 1.30 and Moira 1.45.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Andrew Davey Mark O’Brien Andrew Neeson Shane Andrews


Boxing Day Ticket Sales Arrangements

Tickets for our Boxing Day Fixture against Portadown are available Monday to Friday (9.30am to 12 noon) from the club office, Skelton Travel, High Street Shopping Arcade and also the club shop, Blue Zone from 7-9pm, on the following dates: Tuesday 1st December, Tuesday 8th December, Friday 11th December and Thursday 17th December.

In addition tickets will also be available, again from the club shop, prior to our forthcoming league fixtures against Carrick Rangers and Warrenpoint Town. Already a significant number of tickets have been sold and supporters are asked not to assume tickets will be available in the week before the game. Finally, season ticket holders are reminded that they must obtain a (free) ticket to gain entrance to the ground.

Sad News

Sadly we have to report the passing this morning of Violet Thompson. Popular with both supporters and players alike Violet followed her beloved Glenavon home and away, through good times and bad times, for many years. Unfortunately ill-health meant that in recent years she was no longer able to attend matches. How she would have enjoyed Saturday’s victory!

Violet pictured at the Club Carol Service back in December 2011.

Violet pictured at the Club Carol Service back in December 2011.

Condolences are sent to her family circle at home and abroad. Violet’s funeral service will be held this Monday in the Church of the Nazarene, Lurgan at 12 noon.

Be Just and Fear not.


Women’s International (Friday)

There is international football this Friday at MVP when the Northern Ireland women’s team take on Switzerland in a qualifying game for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Championship. The team will be keen to build on the momentum of an excellent 3-0 victory away to Georgia in their first group game and would no doubt welcome your support. Kick off is 7.30 with free admission.