A late change for Glenavon with Fabio O’Brien picking up an injury in the warmup so his place in the starting line-up is taken by hat-trick hero Greg Moorhouse and Ciaran Martyn comes on to the bench.
James Gray and Aaron Cannng make their full debuts for Glenavon.
Portstewart took a shock lead in the 11th minute when Luke Bradley got a slight touch to David McClement’s free kick and his header crept just inside Johny Tuffey’s left hand post.
This had come after Glenavon dominated the first ten minutes and were unlucky not to score with Moorhouse and Rhys Marshall seeing shots spilled by the Seahawks keeper Lukasz Bednarz who is celebrating his 28th birthday today. James Gray also had a chance when he turned and hit Moorhouse’s cross but it was blocked by a defender.
Kris Lindsay equalised in the 26th minute after Bednarz punched a Kyle Neill free kick straight up in the air and the Glenavon defender headed it into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later Bednarz redeemed his error by brilliantly tipping a 12 yards shot from Joel Cooper over the bar after Moorhouse had crossed from the right.
James Gray put the Lurgan Blues ahead in the 38th minute on his home debut when a superb touch and low cross by Moorhouse left the striker with time and space to slot the ball beyond the keeper.
Three minutes later Cooper crashed a header off the bar from a cross by Andy McGrory.
On the stroke of half-time the referee pointed to the spot after he adjudged Bednarz to have brought down Gray after he failed to hold McGrory’s low cross, with McGrory hitting the bottom corner with his spot kick to make it 3-1 at half time.
Glenavon was awarded a second penalty three minutes into the second half when Ryan Doherty tripped Cooper but this time Bednarz saved McGrory’s spot kick and follow up headers by McGrory and Gray were cleared off the line by Forgrave.
Gray got his second in the 74th minute when he scored from the spot with Glenavon’s third penalty after Forgrave needlessly brought down Cooper.
Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Canning, Lindsay, Kelly, Neill, McGrory, Singleton, Marshall, Cooper, Moorhouse, Gray. Subs: Kilmartin (Neill 61), Patton, Martyn, O’Mahoney (McGrory 68), Bates (Moorhouse 75)
Portstewart: Bednarz, Forgrave, Stypolkowski, Steele, Neill, Bradley, McClements, Peden (c), Stewart, Quigg, Doherty. Subs: Condren (Stypolkowski 82), Hanson, Turner (Stewart 64), Gault (Peden 84), Rohdich.
Referee: Tony Clarke