The Reserve game versus Carrick Rangers Reserves which was postponed a few weeks ago has been re-arranged for this coming Monday night at Mourneview Park. Kick off is at 7.45 pm and as always admission is free.
Glenavon was the first team out of the hat for the Quarter Finals of the Tennent’s Irish Cup and was handed a home tie against Loughgall. That was in fact Glenavon’s first home draw since January 2013 when they beat Sport and Leisure Swifts 7-0 at Mourneview Park before going on to win the trophy in May that year.
- Glenavon v Loughgall
- Carrick Rangers or Crumlin Star v Crusaders
- Cliftonville v Linfield
- Portadown v Lurgan Celtic
Just one change for Glenavon, enforced as Conor Dillon has the flu so Kris Lindsay comes in, otherwise Gary Hamilton has kept faith with the starting line-up from Tuesday night’s 5-1 league win at Carrick. That means Andy Hall has to settle for a place on the bench on his return from suspension.
The home side could have scored twice inside the opening three minutes with former Glenavon winger Chris Lavery cutting the ball back from the byeline for Curtis Allen who saw his shot cleared off the line by Rhys Marshall. Sixty second later Lavery was in again and this time it took a great stop by Jonny Tuffey to block his close range shot, the Glenavon keeper gathering the ball at the second attempt.
How appropriate, Glenavon have scored in the 10th minute, Rhys Marshall heading in from Joel Cooper’s cross, the goal celebrations joined in by the minute’s applause in memory of Mark Farren, who was Glenavon’s number 10.
It was 2-0 to the Lurgan Blues in the 18th minute when Ciaran Martyn rose at the front post 12 yards out to power a bullet header into the top corner from a cross from the left by Cooper. Mark Farren wore the number 18 shirt in his final spell at Derry City.
Apart from those opening few minutes it’s been a dominant first half by Glenavon.
Eoin Bradley may have missed with a lob in the first half but he made no mistake in the 54th minute when he cut in onto his left foot on the right corner of the Glens box and curled a delightful shot around the defender and into the top corner, leaving Aaron Hogg flat-footed.
A Kris Lindsay own goal came in the 87th minute as he slid in front of Tuffey at the near post trying to cut-out a cross from Curtis Allen.
That may have spoiled the clean sheet but Cooper made it 4-1 in added time with a low left foot drive from the edge of the areas into the opposite bottom corner of the net.
Glentoran: Hogg, Holland, Gordon, Addis, Birney, Kane, Morrow, McCaffrey, Scullion, Allen, Lavery. Subs: McCullough, Caldwell, Gibson, D Patton, Smith
Glenavon: Tuffey, McGrory, Kelly, Lindsay, Marshall, Kearns, Martyn, Sykes, Cooper, Braniff, Bradley. Subs: Kilmartin, Hall, M Patton, O’Brien, Hamilton
Referee: Andrew Davey
Glenavon travels to The Oval tomorrow to take on the current Irish Cup holders Glentoran in one of three all-Premiership 6th Round ties.
It’s been a very sad week for Irish football in general and Derry City and Glenavon FC in particular with the death of our former player Mark Farren who was buried today near his home in Donegal.
Mark proudly led Glenavon out on the Club’s last appearance in the Irish Cup Final in May 2014 when the Lurgan Blues triumphed 2-1 against Ballymena United. As a mark of respect for Mark we hope all fans at the Oval tomorrow will join in a minute’s applause in the 10th minute of the game, 10 being Mark’s shirt number during his time as a Glenavon player. RIP Mark Farren.
“We have our Irish Cup tie on Saturday and we will all be recalling the last time Mark was involved in a Glenavon game, it was the Irish Cup final in 2014. He led the team out onto the pitch and was such a huge motivating factor for our squad. He would have given anything to have been playing that day and I know his presence played a major part in our success,” Gary Hamilton told the Lurgan Mail this week.
Andy Hall is available for selection again after serving his suspension on Tuesday night and the excellent performance in beating Carrick Rangers 5-1 on a very poor pitch will give the Glenavon boss and his backroom staff plenty to think about as he ponders his team selection for tomorrow’s cup tie.
Jay Magee is suspended for the Glens and goalkeeper Elliott Morris faces a late fitness test on a back problem.
The last time the sides met, in the league back at the end of November, Alan Kernaghan’s side triumphed 2-0 but since then the Glens have lost 5 out of the next 7 league games. The Glens boss admits that the Irish Cup is his only realistic chance of a trophy this season. “It’s a big game, there is no question about that,” he told the News Letter.
“We still have a lot to play for in terms of the rest of the league campaign but, the reality is, the cup is now our only hope of winning a trophy.”
But he’s also very aware that the Lurgan Blues pose a formidable threat to any hopes of a successful cup defence. “I had the chance to watch Glenavon’s midweek win over Carrick Rangers. They won with plenty to spare. They have a great squad of players so we’ll have our work cut out.”
“It’s a big game for both clubs ” Gary Hamilton told the Lurgan Mail. “For Glentoran it looks like their best hope of Europe and no matter what their form has been in recent weeks we know it will still be a tough tie.
“They are one of the three teams we have not beaten this season and on our last visit to The Oval we can have no complaints as they beat us fair and square.
“We want to get into the next round and go as far as possible. While we had a good team which won the cup, I feel now we have greater strength in depth.”
Glenavon’s newest official supporters’ club the ‘Spirit of 2014 Glenavon Supporters Club’ has just launched its own website. As of January 2016 the club has over 50 members, a great success for the fledgling group and we wish them all the best for the future.