Result: Glentoran 2-2 Glenavon

Gary Hamilton makes five changes to the starting line-up. Simon Kelly is out with a tight hamstring with David Elebert coming in as his replacement. Also out are Andy McGrory, Mark Patton, Ciaran Martyn and Declan O’Brien. Rhys Marshall returns from suspension with Guy Bates and Andy Hall in from the start and Paddy McCourt makes his first league start.

Nacho Novo lasted only 7 minutes for the Glens before limping off with an injury to be replaced by Alex Leu. The sub supplied the cross for the opening goal in the 20th minute when Jonathan Smith smashed a shot into the roof of the net from 6 yards.

Eoin Bradley equalised in the 35th minute when he ran onto a ball over the top from Andrew Doyle before smashing a left foot shot into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.

Joel Cooper, playing at left back tonight, popped up on the right wing after taking a corner when Doyle again played a ball over the top of Ross Redman. Cooper carried the ball into the box, twisted Redman and another defender inside out before turning back onto his right and curling a sublime finish over the helpless Dwayne Nelson.

In the 78th minute Nelson got down to save bravely at the feet of Mark Sykes as he burst into the box and Marshall went close when he glanced a free kick from Andy Hall just over the bar in the 87th minute

Stevie Gordon stroked in an equaliser two minutes from time as he got on the end of a neat move by the Glens on the right.

There was still time for the home side to have a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside and Glenavon had strong claims for a penalty ignored as Sykes appeared to be barged over in the box.

Speaking after the game, Gary Hamilton was disappointed to concede the late equaliser in a game he felt his side deserved to win and he was adamant that the late challenge on Sykes was a ‘stonewall’ penalty.

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GLENTORAN: Nelson, McAuley, Magee, Birney, Redman, Caldwell, Foley, Harmon, Lavery, Novo (C), Smith. Subs not used: Gordon (Caldwell 78), Leu (Novo 9), Cafolla, Delaney, McAlorum.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Marshall, Doyle, Elebert, Cooper, Hall, Sykes, Kilmartin, McCourt (C) , Bates, Bradley. Subs not used: Hamilton (Cooper 83), Lindsay, Braniff (Bates 74), Martyn, Burns (McCourt 78).

REFEREE: Ian McNabb (Carrickfergus)

Preview: Glentoran – Glenavon (Tue 7:45pm)

danske-logoThis fixture, re-arranged from September 3rd due to the international call-ups of Rhys Marshall, Joel Cooper and Mark Sykes, sees both clubs looking to bounce back from defeats on Saturday. The manager-less Glens lost on the road to Ards and Glenavon unexpectedly lost at home to Ballinamallard, a stoppage time penalty earning the Mallards their first win of the season.

Marshall is back in contention for a starting place after he completed a two game suspension on Saturday and with Gary Hamilton disappointed with the performance of his side, he could be one of a number of changes for the trip to The Oval.

Update – GH Interview

“The boys did try on Saturday but the energy levels and the tempo from the start weren’t high enough.¬†We didn’t¬†start at our usual high tempo and put them under¬†enough pressure which allowed them to slow the game down. We did do a little better in the second half after we spoke to the lads at half time but overall we didn’t create the number of chances that we usually do.

“I still have confidence in the players – they just need to get back to what they do well: work harder than the opposition, press the ball better and put the other team under pressure.”

“The fans have been great the past two or three seasons but I felt on Saturday, in a game where we really needed it, the support was a bit dead. I know the players have to do more to lift the atmosphere but the fans can play their part too. I personally can take the criticism – that’s part of what I’m paid for – but it can affect some of the players’ confidence and their willingness to try things if they hear¬†moans and groans from the crowd when they try something and it doesn’t come off.”

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Ian McNabb Stephen Bell Neil Gillespie Peter McGrath


Result: Glenavon 0-1 Ballinamallard Utd.

Four-goal hero from the League Cup win over Tobermore United, Fabio O’Brien keeps his place in the starting line-up. Kevin Braniff and Paddy McCourt are on a strong substitute bench. Rhys Marshall competes his suspension following on from his red card at Windsor Park a few weeks back.

Match highlights courtesy BBC Sport NI

Glenavon's Pat McCourt and Ballinamallard's Ryan McConnell during today's game at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. Photo Alan Weir

Glenavon’s Pat McCourt and Ballinamallard’s Ryan McConnell during today’s game at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. Photo Alan Weir

It was a tale of two penalties at Mourneview Park today. Glenavon’s Paddy McCourt saw his spot kick saved by James McGrath but Ballinamallard’s Adam Lecky made no mistake with his stoppage time penalty after picking himself up after having been tripped by Simon Kelly to give the Fermanagh side its first win of the season.

Mark Patton puts over a cross. Photo by Brian Bain.

Mark Patton puts over a cross. Photo by Brian Bain.

Glenavon had no less than 15 corners in the game to the visitors one and had at least three efforts cleared off the line, perhaps the most vital by Steve Feaney ten minutes from time when it looked like Ciaran Martyn’s shot would put Glenavon into a deserved lead.

Jonny Tuffey claims the ball before Adam Lecky can get to it. Photo by Brian Bain.

Jonny Tuffey claims the ball before Adam Lecky can get to it. Photo by Brian Bain.

Missed penalty for Glenavon in the 71st minute. Former Lurgan Blues keeper James McGrath saved Paddy McCourt’s spot kick awarded after Mark Sykes was tripped just inside the box.

James McGrath saves Paddy McCourt's penalty during today's game at Mournview Park in Lurgan. Photo Alan Weir

James McGrath saves Paddy McCourt’s penalty during today’s game at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. Photo Alan Weir

Adam Lecky succeeded with a stoppage time penalty for the visitors when Simon Kelly brought down the tall striker as he ran onto a clever pass by substitute Shane McGinty.

Ballinamallard's Adam Lecky scores from the penalty spot during today's game at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. Photo Alan Weir

Ballinamallard’s Adam Lecky scores from the penalty spot during today’s game at Mourneview Park in Lurgan. Photo Alan Weir

Glenavon keeper Jonny Tuffey came up for a last-minute corner but his header flew over the bar. Photo by Brian Bain.

Glenavon keeper Jonny Tuffey came up for a last-minute corner but his header flew over the bar. Photo by Brian Bain.

Glenavon: Tuffey (c), McGrory, Kelly, Doyle, Patton, Sykes, Martyn, Kilmartin, Cooper, Bradley, O’Brien. Subs: Lindsay, Hall (Cooper 65), Braniff (O’Brien 62), McCourt (Kilmartin 64), Bates.

Ballinamallard: McGrath, McConnell, Taheny, Feaney, McMenamin, McCabe, Mayse, Lafferty, McKenna, McCartney, Lecky. Subs: Owens, (Mayse 81) McGinty (Lafferty 70), Armstrong, Crawford, Morris

Referee: Raymond Crangle


Preview: Glenavon v Ballinamallard Utd.

danske-logoDanske Bank Premiership action returns to Mourneview Park on Saturday over two weeks since the last league game that saw Glenavon defeat Ards 1-0. Mallards manager Gavin Dykes is urging his players to show more ‘honesty and desire’ as they seek their first league win of the season.

Last season the Lurgan Blues won all three league games between the sides and in fact have won 8 and lost only twice in the last ten meetings in all competitions.

Gary Hamilton fielded a strong side in last week’s 5-0 League Cup win over Tobermore United with Declan O’Brien hitting the net four times. Kevin Braniff scored a hat trick in Wednesday’s Reserves 5-1 win against Development League pacesetters Glentoran II’s which also saw James Singleton and Kyle Neill continue their comeback from injury.

The Glenavon boss could also have Joel Cooper and Mark Sykes available after their¬†appearances in Jim Magilton’s Northern Ireland U21 side’s games last week but Rhys Marshall is suspended. Usually reluctant to change a winning side, Gary Hamilton has plenty of options at his disposal for tomorrow’s game should he need to make changes as he looks to maintain Glenavon’s 100% home record this season.

Match Programme

cr6flt_wgaasxivThe Glenavon match-day programme will once again be on sale priced at £2. Get your copy after you pass through the turnstiles tomorrow.

Our Sponsors

Our Match Sponsor this weekend is a syndicate of five local businesses, the ball sponsors are good mates and life-long Glenavon fans Roly Lyons and Henry Aiken and the Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by young fan Jonathan Burns.

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsor Man of the Match Sponsor
Syndicate of 5: Allen Gamble Windows; Kitchen Bakes;  Print-X-Ltd; Skelton Travel; Unch Henry Aiken &
Roly Lyons
 Jonathan Burns

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Raymond Crangle Andrew Neeson Gareth Eakin Paul Burns

Glens game rearranged

The club has been informed by NIFL that our Danske Bank Premier game against Glentoran, postponed from last Saturday due to international call ups, will now be played next Tuesday, 13th September. Kick off is at 7.45pm.