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

Result: Ards 1-0 Glenavon

As expected Gary Hamilton makes six changes from last week’s starting lineup: James Taylor, Andy Kilmartin, Kyle Neill, Mark Patton, Andy Doyle and Renato de Vecchi start.

There was a minute’s silence before kick off and a pause during the 5th minute of the game for a minute’s applause in honour of Derry City’s Ryan McBride who passed away on Sunday.

Photo by Maynard Collins

Not a lot of football being played with a lot of long balls but Glenavon seem to be edging the play as far as any quality is concerned. Gray dragged a shot well wide and Renato lobbed over from just outside the box.

The best chance of the half however fell to the hosts in the 23rd minute when Josh Doherty made great connection with Guillaume Keke’s cross but Taylor pulled off a great save, tipping the shot over the bar.

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Three minutes later a potential mix-up in the Ards defence could have cost them a goal after Gray and Andy McGrory exchanged passes before the latter played the ball into the box for Renato, playing as a striker today. Aaron Hogg seemed to spill the ball as he collided with teammate Callum Byers. McGrory picked up the rebound and crossed back in but the danger was cleared as Robbie Norton, on as a substitute for Chris Turner who had picked up a hamstring injury, tried to get on the end of it.

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Patton fired into the side netting in the first minute of the second half after he was played in by Renato who then had a header easily saved from Kyle Neill’s corner.

In the 64th minute Patton was unlucky when his header from Andy Kilmartin’s cross crashed back off the underside of the bar.

Ten minutes from time Craig McMillen was just off target as he tried his luck from 35 yards when he spotted Taylor off his line.

Callum Byers headed Doyle’s back post header off the line from an 88th minute Kyle Neill corner but the hosts won the game thanks to a penalty award a minute later for a hand ball against Simon Kelly.

Taylor went the right way and managed to save Michael Ruddy’s spot kick but he couldn’t hold the ball and the Ards penalty specialist fired home the rebound.

Ards: Hogg, Hall, Byers, Friars (c), Ruddy, Cherry (McCullough 67), Tommons, McMillen, Doherty, Keke (Arthurs 90), Liggett (McComb 79). Subs not used: McMullan, Hughes

Cautions: Liggett 63, Friars 65

Glenavon: Taylor, Doyle, Kelly, Lindsay, Neill, McGrory, Kilmartin (c), Turner (Norton 26), Patton, Renato (Jenkins 63), Gray (Hamilton 80). Subs not used: Young, O’Mahoney

Cautions: Patton 45, Lindsay 77

Referee: Lee Tavinder

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.

Result: Glenavon 1-2 Coleraine

Photos by Alan Weir and Maynard Collins

Coleraine kept their excellent run of form going with this hard fought win at Mourneview but Glenavon will feel they deserved something from the game, creating more chances, but clinical finishing by Jamie McGonigle saw the Bannsiders head back up the road with all three points, taking them up to third place.

Chris Turner makes his long-awaited debut in Glenavon’s midfield and Kris Lindsay and Simon Kelly return to action in the centre of defence.

After a promising start from the visitors it was Glenavon that took the lead in the 10th minute. After Andrew Hall’s shot was blocked by  Mark Edgar, Rhys Marshall kept the ball alive and fed James Gray on the right of the box. His low shot took a deflection and fell nicely for Joel Cooper who showed great composure to fire in at the far post.

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Coleraine were level in the 26th minute when Jamie McGonigle glanced a cross from Adam Mullan beyond the dive of Johnny Tuffey and into the bottom corner.

The second half was barely a minute old when Kelly smashed a shot off the under side of the bar from a Hall corner with James Singleton’s follow up being deflected for a corner.

As Hall prevented a throw in in the Coleraine third it proved to be an advantage to the Bannsiders as the ball was played down the line to Eoin Bradley and he cleverly flicked it inside to release McGonigle and he strode into the box before slotting it past Tuffey for his second goal of the game.

Guy Bates’ cross was played on to Cooper by Gray and the winger’s low shot across the goal went just wide of the far post. Bates himself then headed just over from a near post cross by Hall before having a penalty claim waved away after he was challenged in the box by Steven Douglas.

After Bates was replaced in the 65th minute by Greg Moorhouse a corner from the right delivered by Cooper was met at the near post by a combination of Kris Lindsay and Chris Turner, the header flashing just wide.

With 15 minutes to go Ian Parkhill should have sewn the points up but he fired wide when he should have hit the target. In the 87th minute Parkhill’s cross gave Tuffey something to worry about as the Glenavon keeper was forced to get a hand to the ball as it looked to be dipping just under the bar.

In stoppage time the Glenavon keeper came up for a corner and possibly got his head to Hall’s free kick but Coleraine played the ball out and but for a timely intervention by Turner, with Tuffey stranded up field, it could have resulted in a third goal for the visitors.

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), McGrory (Renato 74), Kelly, Lindsay, Singleton, Hall, Turner, Marshall (Sykes 45), Cooper, Bates (Moorhouse 65), Gray. Subs: Canning, Sykes, Marron, Moorhouse, De Vecchi.

Cautions: Turner 25, Marshall 42

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Harkin, Douglas, McCauley, Kee, Parkhill, Edgar (McConaghie 20), McGonigle (Allan 83), Bradley (McLaughlin 83). Subs: McCafferty, McLaughlin, McConaghie, Doherty (GK), Allan

Cautions: Bradley 51, Johns 84, Douglas 89

Referee: Raymond Hetherington.

Result: Glenavon 2-0 Dungannon

In the end this was a comfortable win for Glenavon and one that confirmed a place in the top six for the 4th successive season.

Photos by Brian Bain, Maynard Collins and Alan Weir.

Three changes for Glenavon with Greg Moorhouse failing a fitness test, his place in the starting line-up being filled by James Gray. Ciaran Martyn drops to the bench with Andy Kilmartin replacing him and Mark Sykes is in from the start for Andrew Hall.

After going close in the 6th minute when Sykes hit the post with a low shot and Glenavon somehow failed to force the rebound over the line Sykes forced another corner when Andy Coleman saved his effort at his near post. From the resulting Joel Cooper corner James Singleton headed against the bar from beyond the far post but David Elebert was on hand to nod in the rebound and give Glenavon a deserved lead in the 15th minute.

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It was 2-0 on the half hour mark when Guy Bates’ cross was nodded down by Sykes, Cooper’s volley was blocked on the six yard line but Gray powered home the rebound.

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A minute before the break Glenavon was denied what seemed like a nailed-on penalty as Rhys Marshall was felled in the box as he played a one-two with Bates.

The second half was hardly action-packed but Glenavon had already done enough to secure the three points.

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Canning, Marron,  Elebert, Singleton, Sykes, Marshall, Kilmartin, Cooper, Batres, Gray. Subs: Hamilton, Neill, McGrory, Martyn, Renato

Dungannon: Coleman, Armstrong, Hegaty, Glackin, Mitchell, Harpur (c), O’Rourke, Lowe, Burke, McElroy, McMahon. Subs: Fitzpatrick, Teggart, Clucas, Lavery, Lockhart

Referee: Steven Taylor