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
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.
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
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.