Shirt Sponsorship Evening

The Annual Shirt Sponsorship evening took place in the Bedeck Suite last night, the popular fundraising scheme again this season proved a success with all fans, young and old alike.

A huge thank you to all who supported the scheme which raised just shy of £4000 this season. Also thanks go to Kris Lindsay for attending the event and posing with the happy sponsors.

Pics courtesy of Maynard Collins.

Statement from the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors wishes to sincerely thank all Glenavon’s sponsors (including our main corporate sponsor Bedeck), the supporters clubs, our advertisers and benefactors for their very generous and much appreciated backing throughout the 2016/17 season.

The Board also takes this opportunity to acknowledge our loyal fans, the young and the not so young, whose steadfast support for the team, home and away meant so much to the players and team management.

Finally a word of thanks to our club’s cadre of volunteers (including the Stewards and matchday staff) who perform wide-ranging duties throughout the season to ensure the effective and efficient running of Glenavon Football Club.

The directors wish everyone a happy and contented close season.

Roll on early August!

Shirt Sponsor Evening

A reminder that the presentation of sponsored shirts for the 2016/17 season takes place this Tuesday 16th May in the Bedeck Sports Bar at 7.30pm. Once again club captain Kris Lindsay will be presenting the shirts. A light supper will be provided after the event.

Europa League Play Off Final: Ballymena 2 Glenavon 1

Glenavon suffered an agonising defeat to Ballymena in Friday evening’s Europa League Play Off Final with former player Kevin Braniff grabbing the winner 10 minutes from time.

With the playing surface at the Showgrounds subject to much debate over the course of the season the game started slowly with both sides struggling to make an opening. Joel Cooper had the game’s first real chance on 15 minutes when he latched onto a Martyn through ball but from a tight angle squeezed his shot past the far post. Cooper again went close shortly after as he cleverly cut inside the home defence forcing Glendinning into a smart save down to his near post.

Ballymena as yet were to test Tuffey in the Glenavon goal who was comfortably dealing with the threat from set pieces. They did go close however when Owens headed a Kane free kick past the post but with Sykes well placed on the line to clear any danger. Shortly before the break Glenavon had the game’s best chance, Gray cleverly turned his man after Moorhouse had flicked a header into his path. His powerful effort was well saved by the outstretched leg of Glendinning with Ciaran Martyn unable to capitalise from the rebound shooting straight at a relieved Glendinning.

Eight minutes into the second half Ballymena took the lead, McMurray got in behind the Glenavon back line and fed an inviting ball across the face of goal to Friel who from 6 yards fired into the roof of the net. Minutes later it was almost two, McMurray this time with the chance however he fired wide when well placed.

Andy Hall replaced Sykes on 56 minutes and he made a telling impact as his corner was headed back across goal by Singleton towards Rhys Marshall, whose unstoppable volley from 10 yards levelled the game up at 1-1.

Hall was unlucky not to put Glenavon into the lead when his dipping free kick from distance came crashing back off the bar with Glendinning beaten, Marshall then saw his header come off the top of the bar from the rebound.

With Glenavon pushing for a winner Ballymena introduced Kevin Braniff to the action. Within minutes he took the game away from his former side. Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal his shot took a wicked deflection off Singleton and crashed in off the cross bar to put Ballymena into a 2-1 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.

Glenavon pushed hard for a second equaliser bringing on Jordan Jenkins who a month earlier scored a brace in a 2-0 victory over the same opposition. Glenavon had one last chance late in the game when Gray broke free from his man but his shot lacked any real power to test Glendinning.

A disappointing end to the season for Glenavon who for the first time in four seasons have no European football to look towards in the summer months.

Team: Tuffey ©, Canning (Kilmartin 73 mins), Doyle, Lindsay, Singleton, Marshall, Sykes (Hall 56 mins), Martyn, Cooper, Gray, Moorhouse (Jenkins 81 mins).

Unused Subs: Neill and McGrory

Preview: Europa League Play Off Final: Ballymena United v Glenavon

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Glenavon travel to the Ballymena Showgrounds tomorrow evening for their last, and arguably most important game of the 2016/17 season as they battle it out with Ballymena United in the Play Off Final for that coveted and lucrative Europa League spot (Kick off 7.45pm).

NO TICKETS REQUIRED

Speaking on Thursday evening ahead of the game Manager Gary Hamilton advised that Simon Kelly, Guy Bates and David Elebert were definitely ruled out of the game. “Guy’s knee still isn’t right. We knew if we played Simon Kelly it would finish his chances of playing on Friday but we needed him to give us the best chance of reaching the Final and obviously it did work for us”.  Gary advised that David Elebert had been struggling with some sort of viral infection and having completed training on Saturday has again been unwell. Chris Turner also remains a doubt for the game after coming off at Solitude three weeks ago with a tight hamstring.

Simon Kelly misses tomorrow’s game through injury. Pic: Maynard Collins

When discussing the impact fans have had previously Gary commented, “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the other night in the second half we felt it, when you hear them, that helps the players on the pitch, some people need that and some people like that and it gives them the extra motivation they need. I’ve said all along that in any of the big performances we’ve had in my time as Manager that the supporters have driven the team to it. The semi finals, the European decider against Portadown, the two Finals – the supporters have played a huge part. They were a credit to themselves when we needed them the other night against Cliftonville and hopefully we can hear them from start to finish again against Ballymena tomorrow”.

So, for one last time this season let’s get out in numbers tomorrow evening and get behind the players from the very first to the very last minute.  #GHBAWA

Important information for spectators

As a result of an incident at Monday night’s game at Solitude the club understands there will be thorough searching of spectators entering the ground. You are reminded that possession of fireworks/flares etc is a specific offence under the Criminal Justice Act 2011 in relation to football matches. Anyone found to be in possession of such items will be denied access to the ground and handed over to the PSNI. Anyone identified as throwing such a device within the ground will be also be handed over to the PSNI and ejected from the ground. Moreover, the club would be likely to face consequential IFA sanctions. We urge all fans to be vocal and passionate on Friday night but do nothing to tarnish the good name of Glenavon Football Club.

Finally, in planning their journey to the game supporters are reminded of the probability of heavy traffic in the Ballymena area as a result of spectators heading to the North Coast for the NW200.

Travel advice for Friday Night

Supporters travelling to our Europa League Play-off game on Friday evening at the Ballymena Showgrounds are asked to note there are likely to be increased volumes of traffic that evening because of spectators heading to the North Coast for the NW200 and to plan their journey accordingly.