An experienced Glenavon 20s narrowly lost 2-1 to an energetic, youthful Glentoran 20s. Against the run of play Glentoran took the lead in the 14th minute with a calm finish giving 14 year old keeper Conner Byrne no chance in goal for Glenavon. Chance after chance went astray for the Blues and this seemed to be the story of the game with poor finishing and some great goalkeeping from Glentoran’s young keeper.
In the 22nd minute Glenavon got a well-deserved equaliser which was a well worked goal that gave Jordan Jenkins the chance of directing the ball into the Glentoran net. The rest of first the half saw Glenavon missing numerous chances by several players. Patton and O’Mahony were instrumental in a lot of these chances.
The second half started much like the first half with Glenavon getting a lot of chances but not taking them. Glentoran went in front again in the 67th minute with a well struck goal from the angle of the 18 yard box that again give young Byrne no chance. With Glenavon missing more chances Glentoran hung on for a 2-1 victory with some good defending and good saves by the young keeper for them.
Team: Byrne, McGrory, Curran, McKeown Lindsay, O’Mahony, Patton, Norton, Hill, Jenkins, McCavitt. Subs Parker, Hunter, Patrick, Burns
Match report by Andy Mathieson