Glenavon played their second match in less than 24 hours yesterday with the visit of Welsh side and fellow Europa League entrants Lllandudno. Again the side was made up of a mixture of youth and experience.
Joel Cooper who of course has just returned from his training stint at Euro 2016 with the Northern Ireland side started the game very brightly with a series of driving runs from deep. It was he who set up new signing Greg Moorhouse for the game’s first chance as he latched onto a through ball but was unlucky as visiting Keeper Roberts made a smart save.
Another Cooper run set up Bradley and Moorhouse who were both denied by two last ditch tackles when they seemed certain to score. It was the visitors who next went close with Tuffey out bravely to deny a swift counter attack, then getting down low to beat away a low effort that looked to be creeping in at the base of the post.
With a series of substitutions in the second half the game became a less open affair. Conal Delaney on at half time for Kevin Braniff came closest to scoring for the home side, first hitting the post directly from a corner then after a fine save he saw his tricky effort well saved by Roberts.
The impressive youngster Carter Savage who had also played the previous evening against Derry City made a superb covering challenge when Reed seemed he was going to win the game in Injury time for the Welsh side.
TEAM: Tuffey, McKeown, Lindsay, Savage, Burns, Marshall, Morgan, Cooper, Bradley, Braniff, Moorhouse
SUBS: Lynch, McIlmail, Delaney, Wardlow, Donnelly