The visitors started the brighter and deservedly took the lead in the 23rd minute when Stephen Murray capitalised on hesitancy by Simon Kelly and raced clear to score into the bottom corner, Just 60 seconds later it was 2-0 when John McGuigan played the ball out to Lorcan Forde on the right wing and then ran on to head the winger’s pin-point cross into the top corner.
Declan O’Brien pulled a goal back in the 31st minute as Glenavon strung together a neat move. Andy Kilmartin played the ball over the top to O’Brien and he flicked a header out to Guy Bates on the right wing. The striker crossed to his partner who bundled the ball in at the near post.
McGuigan grabbed his second goal of the night, courtesy of a wicked deflection off Dave Elebert that totally wrong-footed James Taylor. Kevin Braniff had tried to play a short pass out of his own box to Luke Fisher but McGuigan anticipated it and pounced on the ball just outside the ‘D’ before seeing his shot deflect in off the Glenavon defender.
Elebert has been unlucky at the other end too, seeing headers cleared off the line twice by Stephen Moan.
It definitely wasn’t going to be Glenavon’s night when Point keeper Jonny Parr twice dropped the ball from a cross by Bates but, with the visitors hesitant no-one in a blue shirt was able to capitalise. In stoppage time Bates saw his rasping shot tipped over the bar.
Taylor made excellent saves to deny Conor McMenamin twice in the second half.
Glenavon: Taylor, Young, Kelly, Elebert, Neill, Fisher, Kilmartin, Braniff, Patton, Bates, O’Brien. Subs: Hamilton, O’Mahoney, Burns, Jenkins
Warrenpoint: Parr, King, McVeigh, Dane, Traynor, Forde, McGuigan, Moan, Boyle, McMenamin, Murray. Subs: Maguire, Murphy, Mulvenna, Lynch, Croskery