Tuesday Friendly

As Gary Hamilton prepares the squad for next Monday’s Europa League Play-off semi-final away to Cliftonville, Glenavon will play Knockbreda in a friendly at Mourneview Park tomorrow night 7.30pm. Admission free.

Friendly: Glenavon 0-1 Dundalk

Photos by Maynard Collins

A last-minute goal by Dundalk’s James McGrath was all that separated the sides in a match that both managers described as a good workout for their respective teams. A strong wind, which Glenavon had at their backs for the first half, made playing conditions tricky for both sides.

Glenavon had strong claims for a second-half penalty turned down when Renato De Vecchi was bundled over in the box and a couple of dubious offside decisions went against the home side.

Glenavon: Taylor, Hall, Kelly, Elebert, Neill, De Vecchi, Norton, Singleton, Patton, Gray, Bates. Subs: Hamilton (Kelly 46), Canning (Neill 43), Sharvin (De Vecchi 74), Hill (Norton 77), Jenkins (Bates 68), Fisher (Gray 46)

Dundalk: Sava, Vemmelund, Massey, Barrett, Hoare, Clifford, Benson, McGrath, McCourt, McEleney, Kilduff. Subs: Finn (not used), Gartland (Barret 46), Gannon (Massey 46), O’Donnell (Kilduff 46), Mountney (McEleney 46), Ubaezuona (Benson 46), Dalton (McCourt 70), Higgins(not used).

Dundalk Friendly

League of Ireland champions Dundalk – undoubtedly the most high profile club north or south of the border in 2016 due to their European exploits – will play Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Monday night. The game is part of Dundalk’s build up to the new League of Ireland season which commences on 24 February.

Update: Dundalk will be bringing the League of Ireland Trophy to MVP tonight and it, along with the Irish Cup, will be available after tonight’s game in the Boardroom for a photo opportunity. If you are interested please speak to Eddie Drury.

Dundalk have won three successive Premier League championships (2014, 2015 and 2016) and were also FAI Cup winners in 2015. Managed by Stephen Kenny their squad contains some of the top names in League of Ireland football including former Portadown defender Brian Gartland.

This is a unique opportunity for supporters to see a team widely acknowledged as one of the finest in post war League of Ireland football.

Former Dundalk and Glenavon player John Murphy will be at Mourneview Park as part of the Dundalk FM media team. Murphy was Captain of the 1963 Dundalk League Championship winning side and, after joining Glenavon in 1964, went on to make 93 appearances in two seasons for the Lurgan Blues. He won an Irish Cup runners-up medal in the 1965 Irish Cup Final against Coleraine and a winners medal in the 1966 City Cup. He also represented the Irish League against the Scottish League at Hampden.

He returned to Dundalk in 1968 and ended his career with a couple of seasons with Newry Town in the Intermediate League.

John Murphy. Photo (c) Dundalk Who’s Who website.

The game will kick-off at 7.45pm. Admission £7 adult and £5 concession.

Grateful thanks to Pretty Mary’s Bar and Food House Moira for sponsoring the match. The Ball Sponsor is Alastair McCann and the Man of the Match Sponsor is Thompson Travel, Portadown.

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.