Glenavon hit the woodwork at least three times in the first half with David Elebert heading onto the bar from a Mark Patton cross and Patton also hitting the frame of the goal. Mark Sykes also headed wide and fired a shot straight at the keeper and Eoin Bradley flashed a left foot volley just off target.
There was a complete change to all 11 Glenavon players for the second half but it was the home side who went ahead on 62 minutes after Kris Lindsay was adjudged to have brought down Mark Anderson just inside the box. Ryan Berry stepped up and coolly slotted the spot kick into the bottom corner, giving Jonathan Tuffey no chance.
Kevin Braniff rattled the woodwork after he was played in by Ciaran Caldwell before Lindsay made amends for conceding the penalty with a powerful header from Andy Hall’s corner, the new signing from Bangor making an impressive debut.
First half team: 33 McGrath, 29 Rea, 25 Elebert, 4 Kelly, 8 Marshall, 12 Patton, 21 Drylie, 5 Dillon, 14 Sykes, 20 Hamilton, 10 Bradley
Second half team: 1 Tuffey, 30 Boyland, 6 Lindsay, 2 McKeown, 27 Singleton, 34 Lynch, 7 Kilmartin, 16 Caldwell, 17 McGrory, 22 Braniff, 11 Hall