Glens Game at Oval Postponed

Glenavon’s Danske Bank Premiership game against Glentoran at the Oval scheduled for Saturday, September 3 has been postponed as a result of Glenavon having three players called up to the Northern Ireland U21 squad.

The three players are Joel Cooper, Rhys Marshall and Mark Sykes.

Result: Glenavon 3-2 Cliftonville

Three changes for Glenavon from Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw at Ballymena: dropping to the bench are Mark Sykes, Kris Lindsay and Mark Patton; coming in to the starting line-up are Ciaran Martyn, Andrew Doyle and Andy McGrory. Rhys Marshall has started at left back with McGrory at right back.

Jay Donnelly put the visitors ahead after 18 minutes, against the run of play after an excellent start by Glenavon. Ryan Catney headed a clearance back into the box, Chris Curran stepped over it and Jay Donnelly lashed the ball past Jonny Tuffey from 8 yards.

Five minutes earlier Glenavon had had strong claims for a penalty turned down when Greg Moorhouse seemed to have been dragged down by Chris Ramsey. He had been played in by a ball over the top by Joel Cooper and had got ahead of the Reds defender and was about to shoot.

Photo by Brian Bain

Photo by Brian Bain

Joel Cooper equalised with a left foot effort in first half stoppage time after he latched onto a deflected shot by Moorhouse who had picked up a pass from Cooper just outside the area and turned onto his right foot to fire from 18 yards.

Photo by Brian Bain

Photo by Brian Bain

On 67 minutes a nutmeg by McGrory release Bates and his cross was glanced on at the near post by Martyn and Cooper met the ball well with a decent header that had Mooney diving to his right to save. Moments later Reds centre back Chris Ramsey pulled up clutching his right hamstring and had to be replaced by Jamie McGovern.

Red Card: Reds captain Jason McGuinness was sent off in the 69th minute after seeing a second yellow in ten minutes, both for fouls on Moorhouse.

Photo by Brian Bain

Photo by Brian Bain

Two minutes later Guy bates drew an excellent save from Mooney with a glancing header from a cross by Andy Hall.

Glenavon piled on the pressure against the ten men but a quick break by the Reds allowed Jude Winchester to slip the ball out to Jay Donnelly and he seemed to get a fortunate break of the ball off Andy Doyle and a slip by Kris Lindsay that allowed him a clear sight of goal and he made no mistake.

Jay Donnelly tackles Andy McGrory. Photo by Brian Bain

Jay Donnelly tackles Andy McGrory. Photo by Brian Bain

Glenavon substitute Lindsay nodded the ball home from close range in the 88th minute after Jason Mooney lost the ball after he had seemed to be in control of Doyle’s high ball towards the far post.

In the second minute of stoppage time Moorhose grabbed the winner and what a winner it was. A throw in on the right near the corner flag was crossed in by Mark Sykes and the striker planted a fabulous header beyond the reach of the Reds’ giant keeper.

Photo by Brian Bain

Photo by Brian Bain

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Hall, Doyle, McGrory, Moorhouse, Martyn, Elebert, Bates subs Hamilton (replaced Bates 71), Lindsay (replaced Elebert 71), Patton (not used), Sykes (replaced Hall 79), Marron (not used)

Cliftonville: J. Mooney, Ives, Ramsey, McGuinness, Curran, M. Donnelly, Hughes, Catney, Winchester, J. Donnelly, Cosgrove subs McGovern (replaced Ramsey 60), Bonner (replaced Hughes 61), McDaid (not used), Garrett (replaced M. Donnelly 65), D. Murray (not used)

Referee: Andrew Davey

Preview: Glenavon v Cliftonville

danske-logoCpmaT92W8AQRhntFollowing hard on the heels of Wednesday night’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Ballymena United which saw Glenavon fight back to earn a point from being 3-0 down, on Saturday it’s the visit of Cliftonville.

Last season the Reds were one of only two sides that Glenavon failed to register a league win against, the other being the Champions Crusaders. Cliftonville won two of the encounters, the other games being draws so Glenavon can expect a tough game tomorrow but Gary Hamilton has set his sights on improving his side’s results against the top six sides.

“We started Wednesday night really slowly and deserved to go in at the break 2-0 down; in fact it could have been worse but for Johnny Tuffey,” the Glenavon manager told us in his match preview for tomorrow’s game.

“The lads did show great character to come back but I really want them to get off to a good start, not to have to come from three goals behind! We started the Carrick game slowly as well so I hope the lads have learnt their lesson now. If you count the Charity Shield game, that’s three games now when we haven’t scored in the first half and that’s not really like us. I’d like to see us get off to a better start and get our noses in front because the longer it goes on it just gives the other team encouragement.

“We also conceded far too many free kicks against Ballymena and we don’t want to be giving the opposition chances like that. In the end we could have maybe snatched it – I had a chance and so did Batesy – but we wouldn’t really have deserved it based on the first 55 or 60 minutes.”

Gary had special praise for the travelling fans on Wednesday. “The fans were a big help in our comeback against Ballymena. When we got it back to 3-1 they really got behind the players and it really did make a big difference to us and helped drive us on to earn the point. I really want to thank the fans and I hope we’ll have more of the same tomorrow.”

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Result: Ballymena Utd. 3-3 Glenavon

Match highlights courtesy BBC Sport NI.

Three enforced changes for Glenavon with injuries sustained on Satruday keeping out Simon Kelly, Paddy McCourt and Declan O’Brien. Their replacements are Kris Lindsay, Andy Hall and Greg Moorhouse.

After a poor first half which saw Glenavon outplayed by a Ballymena side clearly out to put their heavy opening day defeat behind them the hosts went into the interval deservedly leading 2-0.

A resurgent Glenavon started the second period brightly but just as Gary Hamilton’s men looked to be getting a grip on the game they were hit by a sucker punch which saw the Sky Blues former Limavady United striker Cathair Friel race onto a through ball from his fellow striker Johnny McMurray and empathically thump the ball past Johnny Tuffey to make it 3-0.

As they have proved many times since Hamilton took the reigns at Mourneview, his sides never know when they are beaten and they proved that once again in a thrilling comeback that earned a well-deserved point. Guy Bates got the recovery underway with a penalty after Greg Moorhouse was felled rather needlessly by Johnny Flynn and the young striker got his own name on the score-sheet when he headed in a sublime cross from right-back Rhys Marshall before substitute Ciaran Martyn swept in the equaliser 16 minutes from time.

With the home side now feeling the pressure it looked like Glenavon might go on and take all three points but David Jeffrey’s side rallied and but for a fantastic save by Tuffey they could have had their first win of the season.

Early pressure from Ballymena is rewarded with a goal from centre half Kyle Owens who rose to power a downward header past Jonny Tuffey from a Tony Kane corner in the 13th minute.

Owens doubled the lead in the 39th minute with another header from a Kane corner. This time he rose at the back post after Lindsay’s back header had put Tuffey under pressure and he was forced to dive at the feet of Cathair Friel and concede the corner.

Lindsay was booked in the 41st minute and replaced a minute later by Andrew Doyle.

Glenavon pressing at the start of the second half but caught by a quick break by Friel who raced down the right before cutting inside Doyle and blasting past Tuffey from inside the box in the 52nd minute.

Four minutes later Guy Bates smashed a penalty past Ross Glendinning after Johnny Flynn was adjudged to have brought down Moorhouse.

Ciaran Martyn replaced Mark Sykes in the 59th minute.

Greg Moorhouse added a goal to his earlier assist when he headed in from Rhys Marsall’s superb cross in the 69th minute for his first goal for Glenavon.

Martyn somehow manages to sweep the ball past Glendinning as a shot from subsitute Gary Hamilton is blocked and spins to him near the penalty spot.

Kane hits a tremendous volley from just outside the box which is heading for the top corner until Tufffey pulls off a fantastic save.

Gary Hamilton has a late chance to win it for his side as Hall’s deflected shot finds him at the far post but the player-manager’s shot is blocked.


Ballymena: Glendinning, Kane, Owens, Flynn, Friel, Wallace, Thompson, Jenkins, Ervin (c), Millar, McMurray. Subs: Blaney (GK), Henderson, McCloskey, Kane, Johnston.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Lindsay, Elebert, Patton, Hall, Kilmartin, Sykes, Cooper, Moorhouse, Bates. Subs: Hamilton, Doyle, McGrory, Martyn, Burns

Referee: Tim Marshall