Institute 1-4 Glenavon
Danske Bank Premiership
The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, Saturday 14th December 2019
Match Report by Calum Jones
Glenavon secured back-to-back Danske Bank Premiership wins for only the second time this season with a convincing 4-1 victory away to Institute on Saturday.
Andy Hall opened the scoring in the second minute of the match when he bundled the ball over the line.
Institute’s Jack Bradley turned the ball into his own net before Andrew Doyle scored a header late in the half to give Glenavon a commanding three-goal advantage at the break.
Josh Daniels scored a superb fourth for the Lurgan Blues on 87 minutes, while Jamie Dunne grabbed a consolation for Institute in stoppage time when he converted from a rebound after fellow substitute Cormac Burke’s shot had struck the crossbar.
Glenavon made a dream start at the Brandywell by taking the lead in the second minute. Conor McCloskey clipped a ball down the left touchline for Daniels and he squared it towards Hall. It appeared as though Stute defender Colm McLaughlin was going to clear, but he failed to do so and Hall bundled the ball over the line to open the scoring.
McCloskey was involved again 10 minutes later when he cut in from the left and drilled a low shot on target, but Stute keeper Rory Browne was equal to the effort, keeping it out with his right leg.
Hall had an opportunity to grab his and Glenavon’s second when good build-up play led to Marshall teeing up the winger, but he couldn’t keep his half-volley down.
The visitors’ second goal eventually arrived in the 35th minute. Hall whipped a free-kick in from the right and Singleton rose to challenge for the ball, but it was Stute player Bradley who got the final touch, diverting past his own goalkeeper to double Glenavon’s advantage.
Five minutes later, Singleton curled a corner in from the right and Doyle got the better of Graham Crown to get his head to the ball and nod it into the net via the inside of the post to make it 3-0.
Institute made a much better start to the second half and they very nearly pulled a goal back through Gareth Brown. Burke played a ball into the Glenavon penalty area and Dunne produced an excellent piece of skill to lay the ball off for Brown first time. Brown did well to round Jonny Tuffey, but Daniel Larmour was alert to get across and block the goal-bound shot, preserving Glenavon’s 3-0 advantage.
At the other end, Glenavon twice came close to putting the game to bed. First Caolan Marron dribbled into the penalty area from the right wing and hit a well-struck shot towards the near post which forced Browne into a smart save. Then Singleton played a one-two with McCloskey before hitting a rasping shot with his left foot which struck the crossbar and went over.
Glenavon’s fourth goal would eventually come courtesy of Daniels and it was easily the pick of the bunch. Substitute Jordan Jenkins fed the ball into the feet of Daniels and the winger cut inside before curling a superb shot beyond the dive of Browne and into the top corner with his right foot from just outside the ‘D’.
Institute grabbed a consolation in injury time. Burke’s thunderous left-foot shot beat Tuffey and cannoned off the crossbar. Dunne was on hand to pick up the rebound and he had the simple task of tapping in, making the final score Institute 1-4 Glenavon.
The Lurgan Blues are on the road again next weekend as they travel to Warden Street to take on Ballymena United on Friday night (20th December). Kick-off is at 7.45pm. Gary Hamilton’s side go into that game in eighth place in the league table, level on points with seventh-placed Ballymena but with a game in hand over David Jeffrey’s men, so it is a fixture that is hugely important for both teams.
Institute: 31. Rory Browne (GK), 2. Ryan Morrow, 3. Colm McLaughlin, 16. Gareth Brown, 24. Aidan McCauley (C), 27. Evan Tweed, 28. Shaun Leppard, 29. Graham Crown, 30. Shane McNamee, 33. Aaron McGurk, 34. Jack Bradley
Subs: 7. Jamie Dunne (for 34. Jack Bradley, 46’), 32. Cormac Burke (for 33. Aaron McGurk, 46’), 14. Jake Morrow (for 30. Shane McNamee, 58’); not used: 9. Stephen Curry, 12. Mark Scoltock, 17. Jamie McIntyre, 21. Paul Wells (GK)
Goals: 7. Jamie Dunne (90+2’)
Yellow Cards: 32. Cormac Burke (55’), 2. Ryan Morrow (76’)
Glenavon: 1. Jonny Tuffey (GK) (C), 2. Daniel Larmour, 4. Caolan Marron, 6. Andrew Doyle, 7. Josh Daniels, 8. Rhys Marshall, 11. Andy Hall, 20. Conor McCloskey, 24. Stephen Murray, 27. James Singleton, 28. Robert Garrett
Subs: 30. Jordan Jenkins (for 24. Stephen Murray, 60’), 23. Kyle Beggs (for 6. Andrew Doyle, 75’), 13. Oisin Barr (for 8. Rhys Marshall, 81’); not used: 3. Paddy Burns, 25. Ross Hunter, 45. Eoin Wearen, 80. Gary Hamilton
Goals: 11. Andy Hall (2’), 34. Jack Bradley (35’, OG), 6. Andrew Doyle (40’), 7. Josh Daniels (87’)
Yellow Cards: None
Referee: Jamie Robinson