Banbridge Town v Glenavon Friendly (Sat 11:30am)

As Glenavon’s Dankse Bank Premiership game with Crusaders has been postponed, the Lurgan Blues will play a friendly game against Banbridge Town on Saturday morning in Banbridge, kick off 11:30am. Admission is £5 and £3 concession.

Supporters please note: This weekend Banbridge Hockey Club is hosting round 1 of the European Hockey League at Havelock Park on the Lurgan Road leading into the town. Supporters travelling that way are requested to allow more time for their journey as there may be traffic congestion on the Lurgan Road.

FT: Glenavon 0 Llandudno 0

Glenavon played their second match in less than 24 hours yesterday with the visit of Welsh side and fellow Europa League entrants Lllandudno. Again the side was made up of a mixture of youth and experience.

Joel Cooper who of course has just returned from his training stint at Euro 2016 with the Northern Ireland side started the game very brightly with a series of driving runs from deep. It was he who set up new signing Greg Moorhouse for the game’s first chance as he latched onto a through ball but was unlucky as visiting Keeper Roberts made a smart save.

Another Cooper run set up Bradley and Moorhouse who were both denied by two last ditch tackles when they seemed certain to score. It was the visitors who next went close with Tuffey out bravely to deny a swift counter attack, then getting down low to beat away a low effort that looked to be creeping in at the base of the post.

With a series of substitutions in the second half the game became a less open affair. Conal Delaney on at half time for Kevin Braniff came closest to scoring for the home side, first hitting the post directly from a corner then after a fine save he saw his tricky effort well saved by Roberts.

The impressive youngster Carter Savage who had also played the previous evening against Derry City made a superb covering challenge when Reed seemed he was going to win the game in Injury time for the Welsh side.

TEAM: Tuffey, McKeown, Lindsay, Savage, Burns, Marshall, Morgan, Cooper, Bradley, Braniff, Moorhouse

SUBS: Lynch, McIlmail, Delaney, Wardlow,  Donnelly

Result: Glenavon 0 Derry City 2

In last night’s  friendly a young Glenavon side, with only four regular first team squad players in the starting XI, were defeated 2-0 by an impressive Derry City side. The best chance in the early part of the game actually fell to the home side but Player Manager Gary Hamilton saw his effort blocked. Later impressive young winger Jack O’Mahony almost played in Hamilton after a fine run. The visitors took the lead just before half time when defender Aaron Barry powered home a header from a corner on the right. Early in the second half the Candystripes increased their lead through Nathan Boyle. After that a number of substitutions by both sides disrupted the rhythm of the game though the visitors continued to have the majority of possession with Jack Ferguson, a second half substitute for Jonny Tuffey, making a series of fine saves.

Starting XI: Tuffey, Marron, Savage, Murray, K Lynch, O’Mahony, Martyn, Kilmartin, Wardlow, Hamilton, Mcllmail

Substitutes: Ferguson, Kelly, Delaney, Lynch, Chambaud, Ferguson, McKeown

Friendly Fixture

Lurgan Celtic has agreed to field a Lurgan Celtic XI versus a Glenavon XI at Mourneview Park next Tuesday (Jan 13th) in order to give players of both teams some game time.

The kick off will likely be at 7:30pm (to be confirmed) and admission will be free.