Preview: Ballinamallard Utd. v Glenavon

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UPDATE (1:30 pm) We’ve just been informed that, following his pre match inspection, the referee has decided that the pitch at Ferney Park is unplayable due to it being frozen underneath. Consequently today’s game is OFF

Glenavon travels to Ferney Park on Saturday for Matchday 18 in the Danske Bank Premiership, hoping to take all three points against Ballinamallard United. In the reverse fixture back in September the Mallards left Mourneview with all the points with Adam Lecky netting a stoppage time penalty after James McGrath had earlier saved a Paddy McCourt spot kick. It was a tough result to take, Glenavon having dominated for most of the game, with 15 corners to the visitors’ one and having several efforts cleared off the line. Gary Hamilton will be looking for a more clinical end product against a side that has lost it’s last seven games in all competitions.

“We’ll have to be right on our game and put in the sort of performances that we have been doing. We dominated the last game with them but if you don’t take your chances it can come back to bite you. We missed a penalty and they scored one when it was too late to do anything about it. That’s football. We’ll be going there to give a good account of ourselves and hopefully this time the chances will go in,” Gary told us.

James Singleton is suspended following his dismissal for two yellow cards last Saturday. Andrew Doyle is out after picking up a knee injury in training this week but Simon Kelly comes back into the squad after missing the last four games with a hamstring strain.

Match Officials

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Evan Boyce  Andrew Neeson  Mark O’Brien  Glenn Taylor 

 

Result: Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran

Dankse Bank girls Shannon Quinn and Caoimhe McCabe were at the game today. Photo by Brian Bain

Dankse Bank girls Shannon Quinn and Caoimhe McCabe were at the game today. Photo by Brian Bain

Eoin Bradley returns to the starting lineup and teenage centre back Caolan Marron retains his place for the third consecutive game since making his league debut against Ards last Saturday. Joel Cooper also gets a start after sitting out Wednesday’s league cup game due to suspension with Mark Patton dropping to the bench.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the opening 20 minutes or so with Andy McGrory making a goal-line clearance from Jonathan Addis’ header following an Eric Foley corner in the 13th minute and Ciaran Caldwell seeing a 20 yard effort crash off the bar.

Cooper opened the scoring after 24 minute when Bradley played a ball down the right to Greg Moorhouse. He beat Jay Magee and squared it to Cooper who only had a defender on the line to beat and he made no mistake.

Joel Cooper strokes home the opening goal. Photo by Brian Bain.

Joel Cooper strokes home the opening goal. Photo by Brian Bain.

Eoin Bradley and Joel Cooper celbrate after Cooper gave Glenavon the lead. Photo by Alan Weir

Eoin Bradley and Joel Cooper celbrate after Cooper gave Glenavon the lead. Photo by Alan Weir

After opening the scoring Glenavon lifted their game and carved out a few half chances before the interval.

In the 51st minute Elliott Morris got down to turn Cooper’s free kick round the post despite the distraction of Rhys Marshall making a run across the line of the ball.

Greg Moorhouse bursts between Ross Redman and Jay Magee. Photo by Brian Bain

Greg Moorhouse bursts between Ross Redman and Jay Magee. Photo by Brian Bain

Former Glenavon defender Jay Magee equalised after 65 minutes with a close range header from a free kick by Eric Foley. It seemed to be a harsh free kick for a handball when the ball was driven at Mark Sykes from a yard away.

Andrew Hall and Ross Redman challenge for the ball. Photo by Alan Weir

Andrew Hall and Ross Redman challenge for the ball. Photo by Alan Weir

Elliott Morris pulled off a superb save to tip a deflected Cooper shot over the bar in the 74th minute.

Morris pulls off a game-saving save to deny Cooper a second goal. Photo by Brian Bain

Morris pulls off a game-saving save to deny Cooper a second goal. Photo by Brian Bain

Four minutes later Foley went close with a 20 yard free kick.

After picking up a very soft yellow card for an innocuous challenge in the 81st minute James Singleton was sent off for a second yellow in the final minute of stoppage time.

Second Yellow for James Singleton. Photo by Alan Weir.

Second Yellow for James Singleton. Photo by Alan Weir.

Glenavon: Tuffey, McGrory, Lindsay, Marron, Singleton, Hall. Sykes, Marshall, Cooper, Moorhouse, Bradley. Subs: Kilmartin, Patton (Cooper 81), Doyle, O’Brien, Braniff

Glentoran: Morris, Birney, Magee, Caldwell, Allen, Lavery, Foley, Harmon, Addis, Smith, Redman. Subs: D Nelson (GK), McAuley, Ferrin (Birney 80), McAlorum, K Nelson (Caldwell 70)

Referee: Ian McNabb

Photo by Alan Weir

Photo by Alan Weir

Preview: Glenavon v Glentoran

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Gary Hamilton is still hampered by a lengthy injury list but he is able to recall Eoin Bradley back to the starting line-up for the visit of Glentoran. The striker missed Wednesday night’s League Cup victory over Cliftonville with a sore Achilles.

“It’s pretty much the way we were the other night in terms of the squad, with the addition of Eoin,” Gary told us as he looked ahead to tomorrow’s game. “The boys were excellent against Cliftonville, they put in a good shift and I thought their fitness levels proved that they’re as fit as any team in the league. If you look at the Crusaders game as well, against the top team in the league, they kept going until the 94th minute and we were the fitter team, with ten men, and still breaking away and getting a penalty kick. The last two home performances have, apart from Ballymena, been as good as there’s been this season.

“We work a lot in training on pressing the ball and we did that really well against Crusaders, Ards and Cliftonville – the pressing was very, very good all over the pitch. The two young kids (Mark Sykes and Rhys Marshall)  who are 19 and 21 years of age, playing against the three of Cliftonville who are top players, and to dominate three, is really good and really pleasing. They did it for 120 minutes but the difficult thing for us is now, because we can’t make too many changes to freshen it up. It’ll only be really three days from the game, with two days rest and they’re in working, you don’t get a good sleep after a Wednesday night game with the adrenalin in you and they probably had a hard days work yesterday. That’ll be the concern that our energy and fitness levels will stand up to it as we had such a tough 120 minutes on Wednesday.”

Gary Haveron’s appointment as manager at The Oval has seen the Glens results improve and he was voted Manager of the Month for October with three wins and two draws in the last six games. Glenavon has lost only once in the last 12 games.

“It’ll be a tough game. The new manager’s come in and he’s obviously got new ideas and he’s got them playing a different way and the results have improved but our lads are playing with confidence as well and if we can perform like we did the other night there’ll be very few teams in this league that will beat us so hopefully it’ll be more of the same tomorrow,” Gary concluded.

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Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Ian McNabb  Paul Berry  Neil Gillespie  Steven Taylor 

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Result: Ards 0-1 Glenavon

David Elebert fails to make the squad due to a calf strain but this gives young Caolan Marron his first league start for Glenavon. Andrew Doyle is alongside him at centre back with Rhys Marshall in central midfield.

A minute's silence was observed to mark Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. Photo by Alan Weir

A minute’s silence was observed to mark Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. Photo by Alan Weir

No goals in the first half but Jamie Douglas did have the ball in the net with a low shot into the bottom corner for Ards in the 14th minute but it was disallowed for offside. It appears that Joe McKinney, in an offside position, had made a move to touch the ball.

Jonny Tuffey saves this Joe McKinney shot with his boot. Photo by Alan Weir

Jonny Tuffey saves this Joe McKinney shot with his boot. Photo by Alan Weir

Four minutes later McKinney’ good touch to a long ball over the top allowed him a run on goal and only a great save by Jonny Tuffey denied the Ards frontman. McMullan rattled the crossbar with a header from a Kyle Cherry corner and Jonny Taylor wasted a good chance from another corner, blasting high and wide from a Friar’s knock down.

Mark Sykes is really enjoying his football. Photo by Alan Weir

Mark Sykes is really enjoying his football. Photo by Alan Weir

Glenavon came closest to scoring in the final minute of the half when Eoin Bradley raced down the right onto a ball from Greg Moorhouse. He cut inside and it took a great save by Aaron Hogg to deny the striker,

Glenavon was awarded a penalty in the second minute of the second half when McMullan brought down Bradley after some great trickery on the edge of the box by Joel Cooper. Glenavon keeper Jonny Tuffey took the spot kick but his opposite number made a great save pushing the ball onto the bar and a defender headed it out for a corner.

Aaron Hogg's super penalty save denied Jonny Tuffey a first goal for GLenavon! Photo by Alan Weir

Aaron Hogg’s super penalty save denied Jonny Tuffey a first goal for GLenavon! Photo by Alan Weir

In the 59th minute Ards players were claiming for a penalty when a shot from substitute Guillaume Keke bounced up and struck the arm of Kyle Neill as he slid on the AstroTurf but Referee Tavinder waved them away.

Glenavon went ahead in the 63rd minute when Hogg brilliantly saved a 20 yard shot from Rhys Marshall but the ever-alert Moorhouse nipped in to tuck away the rebound.

Greg Moorhouse celebrates his goal with Eoin Bradley and Rhys Marshall who got the assist. Photo by Alan Weir

Greg Moorhouse celebrates his goal with Eoin Bradley and Rhys Marshall who got the assist. Photo by Alan Weir

This headed effort by Bradley ended up in the side netting. Photo by Alan Weir

This headed effort by Bradley ended up in the side netting. Photo by Alan Weir

Joel Cooper was sent off in the 88th minute after he picked up a second yellow but Glenavon held on to secure a first away win of the season.

Joel Cooper bursts forward. Photo by Alan Weir

Joel Cooper bursts forward. Photo by Alan Weir

Ards: Hogg, McMillen, McMullan, Friars (c), Taylor, G Hall, McCullough, Cherry, McAllister, Douglas, McKinney. Subs: Tommons (McCullough 84), Brennan, McComb (Douglas 57), Keke (McAllister 57), Rea

Glenavon: Tuffey, McGrory, Marron, Doyle, Neill, McCourt, Sykes, Marshall, Cooper, Moorhouse, Bradley. Subs: Kilmartin, A Hall (McCourt 39), O’Brien (Bradley 90), Braniff, Singleton (Neill 73)

Referee: Lee Tavinder

 

 

Preview: Ards v Glenavon

danske-logoGlenavon travel to Clandeboye Park on Saturday to take on Ards in what will be the Lurgan Blues third league game in a week.

Kris Lindsay is suspended for the trip to Bangor having been sent off for two yellow cards in Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw with Crusaders. It forces Gary Hamilton to make yet another change to his back four, having not been able to field the same defensive line-up for more than three consecutive league games. Simon Kelly is also out, with a calf injury he picked up against Linfield.

“Caolan Marron will come into the squad as defensive cover and, after a lot of big games over the last three weeks, which can take its toll, we’ll be going with whoever is 100% fit” Gary said. That rules out Ciaran Martyn who will be out for a few weeks and probably also Mark Patton (both hamstring problems). The latter however may be fit to feature in next Wednesday’s League Cup Quarter Final against Cliftonville.

“The next game is always the biggest one but I can’t afford to risk players who are carrying injuries and have them possibly then ruled out for several weeks.”

Gary Hamilton was happy with how his players performed against the Champions. Photo by Alan Weir.

Gary Hamilton was happy with how his players performed against the Champions. Photo by Alan Weir.

“I was really pleased with how the lads played on Tuesday night and I think anyone would agree that we deserved to beat Crusaders. The lads followed their instructions and took it onto the pitch. Afterwards I told them if they play like that they can beat any team in the league. It’ll be a tough game against Ards but our away performances have been decent enough, bar the Linfield game when we had Rhys (Marshall) sent off. We are creating enough chances, we just need to put them away to kill teams off.”

Match Officials

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Lee Tavinder  Stephen Bell  Adrian Sobieski  Keith Kennedy