Result: Cliftonville 1-3 Glenavon

Five changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday night’s defeat at Windsor Park: Jordan Jenkins and Guy Bates get the nod up front as Gary Hamilton searches for a solution to Glenavon’s lack of goals; Kyle Neill, Simon Kelly and Chris Turner also start with Greg Moorhouse, Caolan Marron, James Gray dropping to the bench. Joel Cooper and Aaron Canning are out after picking up knocks against Linfield.

Just one change to the Reds team that lost 4-1 to Ballymena on Tuesday, Aaron Donnelly replacing Martin Donnelly.

28: 0-1 Andy Hall scores with a header from Singleton’s cross

60: 0-2 Hall capitalises on a bad mistake by Reds keeper Burke

65: 1-2 Marty Donnelly scores direct from a 20 yard free kick.

83: 1-3 Andy McGrory volleys in after his free kick rebounds back to him off the wall

Andy Hall rises to meet James Singleton’s cross to make it 1-0 to Glenavon. Photo by Maynard Collins

Photo by Maynard Collins

Three minutes after Stephen Garrett broke clear and drew a good save from Johnny Tuffey, Andy Hall’s downwards header from James Singleton’s cross bounced up off the synthetic surface and over the outstretched arms of keeper Peter Burke to give Glenavon a 28th minute lead.

Five minutes later and Jonny Tuffey was called into action to make a superb tip-over save to deny Stephen Garrett’s well-struck shot from the left side of the box. The Glenavon keeper had to make another good save to keep out a low drive from Levi Ives in the 36th minute.

It was almost 2-0 in the 39th minute. Turner won the ball 35 yards out and played a great pass into Bates on the left of the Reds box. His low shot was saved by Burke but the rebound went to Jenkins and his shot from 12 yards was cleared off the line by Jamie McGovern.

Jordan Jenkins challeneges for a high ball. Photo by Maynard Collins

In first half stoppage time it looked like Bates had been bundled over two yards out as he looked favourite to tap in from a low Jenkins’ cross but the referee ignored his claims for a penalty.

It was 2-0 to the Lurgan Blues on the hour mark when a terrible mistake by Burke saw Hall nip in to grab his second of the match. The Reds keeper had come out of his area to clear a through ball  but he miskicked horribly and Hall kept his head to slot the ball into the empty net from the right corner of the box.

Andy Hall slots in goal number 2. Photo by Maynard Collins

Marty Donnelly pulled a goal back from a free kick just outside the area just five minutes later. Donnelly then rattled the bar from a back post volley off a cross by Ives in the 69th minute.

A goal by Andy McGrory seven minutes from time sealed the win for Glenavon after his free kick came back to him off the wall and he volleyed his follow-up shot beyond the reach of Burke.

Cliftonville: Burke, McGovern (c), Ives, Bonner, Curran, Garrett, Cosgrove, A Donnelly (M Donnelly 46), Finnegan (Lavery 61), Nelson, J Donnelly (Reynolds 73). Subs: Dunne, M Donnelly, Seydak, Lavery, Reynolds.

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Neill, Kelly (Marron 46), Kilmartin, Hall, Doyle, McGrory, Turner (Norton 46), Singleton, Bates, Jenkins (Moorhouse 78) Subs: Marron, Moorhouse, Norton, Gray, Renato

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Result: Linfield 3-0 Glenavon

Gary Hamilton makes six changes to the team that started Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Coleraine. With Rhys Marshall starting his two-game suspension, Aaron Canning comes back but starts in midfield with Andy McGrory at left back in the defence along with Caolan Marron and Andrew Doyle. They join left back James Singleton who scored the equaliser against the Bannsiders. Joel Cooper and Andrew Hall provide the width and Greg Moorhouse starts up front in place of Jordan Jenkins who drops to the bench.

Highlights and Managers’ reactions from BBC Sport NI

Photos by Maynard Collins.

28: 1-0 Burns scores from the penalty spot

33: 2-0 Haughey rises to power Quinn’s cross beyond Tuffey

44: 3-0 Smyth races on to Waterworth’s flick and fires the hosts into a 3-0 halftime lead.

Glenavon were more than holding their own until the 28th minute when Singleton’s attempted back pass went straight to Andy Waterworth and Jonny Tuffey was adjudged to have fouled the striker as he came out to cut down the angle. Aaron Burns took the spot kick and put the home side ahead in the 28th minute.

Two minutes earlier Glenavon were asking for a penalty as Paul Smyth was all over the back of Singleton as he tried to get to a ball to the far post following a corner.

Five minutes later former Glenavon defender Mark Haughey doubled the lead with a bullet header after Niall Quinn crossed to the front post after his previous corner had only been cleared back to him.

Paul Smyth made it 3-0 in the 44th minute with an assured finish as he ran onto a flick-on by Waterworth from a free kikck out by Roy Carroll.

There were no further goals in the second half but Tuffey made a great save with his boot to deny Waterworth a goal in the 64th minute and James Gray did have a header cleared off the line by Clarke from McGrory’s corner. Doyle came to Glenavon’s rescue late on when he also cleared off the line after Tuffey half-stopped Waterworth’s close range effort. Tuffey then beat away Casement’s swerving follow-up shot.

Linfield: Carroll, Haughey (Stafford 51), Callacher, Casement, Quinn, Lowry, Burns (Millar 69), Clarke, Mulgrew (c) (Ward 46), Smyth, Waterworth. Subs: Stafford, Millar, Ward, Gaynor, Strain

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Canning, Marron, Doyle, Singleton, Hall (Norton 46), Kilmartin Patton 66), McGrory, Cooper, Gray, Moorhouse (Jenkins 66). Subs: Patton, Bates, Jenkins, Norton, Renato

Referee: Steven Taylor

Result: Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

Just the one change for Glenavon, Ciaran Martyn coming in for Chris Turner who isn’t risked after coming off last week with a tight hamstring.

Glenavon off to a good start with Singleton and Gray drawing saves from Chris Johns inside the first 10 minutes. The first effort wouldn’t have counted as the offside flag went up but nevertheless it was a great  save from the Bannsiders keeper.

There was a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Brad Lyons who eventually had to be stretchered off, Ian Parkhill replacing him in the 14th minute.

Photo by Maynard Collins

Johns made an even better save when he reacted quickly to deny Rhys Marshall from a close range header from an Andy McGrory corner in the 18th minute.

Photo by Maynard Collins

Mark Patton had a great chance to open the scoring in the 57th minute when he raced clear but fired high over the bar from inside the box.

Photo by Maynard Collins

Subsitute Darren McCauley volleyed in at the back post to put the home side ahead in the 70th minute as he ran onto Ian Parkhill’s cross. That was harsh on Glenavon who had continued to carve out the best chances.

Gary Hamilton went for broke, bringing on Renato for Andy Kilmartin and the Brazilian was to have a hand in Glenavon’s late equaliser.

Photo by Maynard Collins

With Glenavon pressing for that equaliser Coleraine had a couple of chances to seal the three points as they broke, in one case with a four-on-one situation, but Parkhill chose the wrong option on both occasions.

James Singleton deservedly equalised with an 89th minute header from a cross to the far post by Greg Moorhouse after Renato had released him on the right.

Photo by Maynard Collins

‘Singy’ celebrates. Photo by Maynard Collins

Glenavon went for the win and Rhys Marshall thought he had won it in stoppage time with a volley from 12 yards as he latched onto the ball as Coleraine struggled to clear McGrory’s corner but Chris Johns pulled off an amazing save to turn his effort round the post. And that was that, as the referee blew the whistle before Glenavon could take the corner.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Harkin, Douglas, McLaughlin (McCauley 58), Kee (c) (McCafferty 68), McConaghie, Lyons (Parkhill 14), McGonigle, Bradley. Subs: McCauley, McCafferty, Parkhill, Edgar, Allan.

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin (Renato 76), Marshall, Patton (Cooper 64), McGrory, Martyn, Singleton, Jenkins (Moorhouse 68), Gray. Subs: Neill, Cooper, Doyle, Moorhouse, Renato

Referee: Tim Marshall

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

Result: Glenavon 3-0 Ballymena Utd.

Gary Hamilton makes a total of eight changes to the line-up that started last week’s Irish Cup semifinal, only Johnny Tuffey, Rhys Marshall and James Singleton retain their places.

Jordan Jenkins has certainly staked a claim for a regular starting place with some excellent front play. After going close with a first time shot in the 7th minute, he capitalised on a poor punch by Tim Allen from a high ball into the box by Chris Turner to stab home from close range to send Glenavon in 1-0 up at the break.

Photo by Maynard Collins

Wow! Jordan Jenkins volleys in from 10 yards. What a stunning goal as the youngster blasts McGrory’s cross into the back of the net in the 52nd minute with Allen flat-footed. The keeper had no chance with that.

JJ volleys in the second goal. Photo by Maynard Collins

Five minutes before the Sky Blues keeper pulled off a great save to push a James Gray header over the bar from Chris Turner’s cross.

Chris Turner had a an impressive game in midfield until forced off by injury in the 58th minute. Photo by Maynard Collins

Greg Moorhouse loves playing against Ballymena – that’s his sixth goal against the Sky Blues this season! Only four minutes after coming off the bench he swivelled in the box and slotted a low right foot shot into the bottom corner. Rhys Marshall provided the assist as he played a one-two with Moorhouse then dribbled into the box before the ball broke off a Leroy Millar challenge and the Glenavon striker quickly latched onto it.

Greg Moorhouse makes it 3-0. Photo by Maynard Collins

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), Marshall, Kelly, Lindsay, Singleton, McGrory, Kilmartin, Turner (Hall 58), Patton (Cooper 70), Jenkins, Gray (Moorhouse 79). Subs: Neill, Cooper, Hall, Marron, Moorhouse

Goals: Jenkins 42, 52, Moorhouse 83

Ballymena Utd.: Allen, Owens, Flynn, A Jenkins, McCloskey, Ervin (c), Millar, McKinney, McMurray, McCaffrey (Lowry 61), Kerr (Henderson 73). Subs: Glenadinning (GK), Henderson, Wallace, Lowry, Loughran

Referee: Ross Dunlop