Reserves Draw 2-2 at Seaview

A last minute goal by the home side denied a very youthful Glenavon Reserves what would have been a well merited victory over Crusaders Reserves at Seaview this evening. The game finished 2-2.

Andrew Doyle, Jason Hill and Renato de Vecchi provided much needed experience in what was otherwise a team made up of players in their mid teens. Renato put Glenavon ahead but Crusaders equalised to leave the half-time score 1-1. A tremendous Andrew Doyle headed goal in the last quarter of the game looked the likely winner until the Crues grabbed that late equaliser.

After some good play by Ryan Jackson and Renato, the latter ended up scoring with a diving header from a great cross by 16-year old Ryan.

Crusaders got their equaliser after a very dubious corner was given just before half time.

In the second half Renato was fouled and Jason Hill took the free kick deep to the back post where Andrew Doyle met it with a thunderous header to make it 2-1 to Glenavon.

Glenavon’s teenagers belied their age with some excellent defending and fluid attacking football and were unfortunate not to win the game.

Match report by Adrian Teer and Gary Hamilton

Reserves Update

Our Reserves conclude their league programme with two games over the next three days. Tonight, Monday, they face Crusaders away with their final game against Ards Reserves this Wednesday evening at Mourneview Park. Kick off is at 7:45.

This season’s George Wilson Cup competition, which will be run on a knock out basis, has been revised to include teams from all three Development Leagues. In the first round the Reserves have been drawn away to Knockbreda at a date yet to be confirmed.

News Snippets

  • A reminder that shirt sponsorship money is now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible. Payment can either be made by cash or cheque, made payable to Glenavon FC, either at the club office, open 9:30 to 12 noon Monday to Thursday, or to any Director.
  • Our Reserves entertain Carrick Rangers Reserves this Wednesday evening at Mourneview Park. Kick off is at 7:45pm.

Reserves News

The Reserves game scheduled for this coming Monday night, 27th, has been postponed. We will let you know when a new date has been arranged.

The Reserves went down 6-3 away to Crusaders Reserves in the Development League on a night of horrendous weather on Wednesday. 2-0 down after 15 minutes against a strong Crusaders team, Jack Sharvin pulled one back before half time. The Glenavon coaches were disappointed by some decisions by the referee who rejected a number of strong penalty appeals.

Jordan Jenkins levelled the scores after the break but Crues scored again to lead 3-2 but that was short-lived as Jenkins got another with a great finish from edge of the box to make it 3-3.

The Crues got another with 20 minutes to go, leading 4-3. Glenavon attacked for the last 15 minutes looking for an equaliser, but again with the referee failing to award several decisions to the Lurgan Blues, a third equaliser didn’t arrive and Crues made the final score 6-3 with two goals in the last couple of minutes.

Glenavon: Taylor, McIvor, Fisher, Harland, Doyle, Renato, Norton, Kelly, Robinson, Jenkins, Sharvin. Subs: Lucas, Jackson

Some Fixtures this Saturday

Supporters will wish to note the following Saturday morning fixtures.

Firstly, the Academy Under 13 team face Portadown at Brownstown Park in the semi final of the NIBFA National League Cup. Kick off is at 11.00 am.

Our Reserves entertain Ards in a fixture in the Development League at MVP. Kick off here is 11.30 am. Incidentally the same two teams meet again in the League at MVP on Monday 27th March; this time with a 8.00 pm start.

Your support in any of these fixtures would be very welcome.

Glenavon Reserves 6-0 Coleraine Reserves

A good all-round performance and a 6-0 win on Saturday for Glenavon’s U20s team that included goalkeeper James Taylor making a comeback after injury.

The game started with Glenavon on top with Jenkins and Robinson missing a couple of chances early on. The first goal arrived in the 20th minute, good work by Robinson resulted in Patton powering a header into top corner.

The second goal arrived in the 39th minute after intense pressure from Glenavon. Good work by O’Mahony and a delightful cross gave Robinson the simple task of finishing it off to go into half-time 2-0 ahead.

Glenavon came out in the second half very lively and the third goal soon arrived. Young O’Mahony raced down the right, then a delightful pass by Patton was smashed into the bottom corner by the ever alert Jenkins.

The back four dealt well with everything that Coleraine threw at them with Taylor pulling off a few great reflex saves. Norton and Kelly gave a great performance in central midfield with both unlucky with long range shots. The 4th goal soon arrived from Robinson thanks to a slight deflection.

McIvor and Lucas replaced Harland and Jenkins in the 70th minute and slotted in with no problem at all.

The fifth goal came in the 73rd minute and what a goal it was! It was a culmination or 7 or 8 passes and the energetic Norton playing a one-two with Patton resulting in Norton hammering into roof of the net from just inside the box.

The sixth and final goal came in the 84th minute, a corner by Patton was headed home by Neill.

Team: Taylor, Young, Neill, Doyle, Harland, O’Mahony, Norton, Kelly, Patton, Jenkins Robinson. Subs: McIvor, Lucas

Thanks to Andy Mathieson for the match report.

Goal Feast for the Reserves

Ballinamallard U20 4-7 Glenavon Reserves (Saturday)

The game got off to a good free-flowing start by both teams with both keepers pulling of good saves. Glenavon, getting on top, opened the scoring on 17 minutes. After good work by Robinson and Gray they forced an own goal by a Mallards defender.

The second goal came shortly after, with a nice cross by Renato which was headed by Gray towards the top corner and the inrushing Neill made sure with a powerful header. Gray got himself on the score-line with the third goal midway through the half following a fine solo run.

Glenavon defended solidly throughout the first half with the midfield four also dictating the game. On the stroke of half time Jordan Jenkins got the goal of the game. After a flick on by Gray, JJ ran onto it to half volley into top corner from 20yds, giving the Mallards keeper no chance.

The half finished with the young Lurgan Blues leading 4-0 but just minutes into 2nd half the Mallards quickly got two goals back with two excellent finishes.

Glenavon’s fifth goal of the game followed more good work by Gray to set up Hill with another strong header to make it 5-2. Good football by the Mallards was finished off in fine style by the centre forward, to reduce the deficit to 5-3 but Glenavon then started to get well on top and goal number duly six arrived in the 75th minute. A neat ball from Young released O’Mahony who then went on a dazzling run past a few Mallards players before slipping it to Gray to cross to the far post for the incoming Robinson to head into the roof of the net.

The final Glenavon goal came in the 89th minute, JJ putting in a ‘Beckham’ like cross for Gray to volley high into the roof of the net.

Deep into injury time the Mallards forward tried a lob from 35 yards out and, as Taylor was about to clutch the ball out of the air, his ankle give way and the ball went into the net. Hopefully the big keeper’s injury is not as serious as it looked and he’ll be back in a few weeks.

The match was great entertainment for the large crowd and there were some excellent goals by both teams.

Glenavon Reserves: Taylor, O’Mahony, Neill, Young (c), McKeown (Harland 60), Kelly (McIvor 60), Renato, Hill, Robinson, Jenkins, Gray.

Thanks to Andy Mathieson for the match report.