Limavady United 0 Glenavon 1

BetMcLean League Cup, 2nd Round

The Showgrounds, Limavady

Tuesday 28th November 2023

Glenavon successfully negotiated a potential banana skin against Limavady United to reach the quarter-final stage of the BetMcLean League Cup.

Aaron Prendergast scored the only goal in the 17thminute.

The Lurgan Blues made two changes to the team which defeated Newry City 3-0 last Friday night. Tiernan Mulvenna and Sean Ward came in for Robbie Garrett and Isaac Baird.

The visitors started the match positively. Jack Malone shot from distance, but his effort was easily saved.

When Sean Ward crossed from the right, Aaron Prendergast headed wide from 8 yards.

Glenavon took the lead when Conor McCloskey found Tiernan Mulvenna. When the former Crumlin United midfielder threaded the ball into the penalty area, A.P. directed a low, left foot shot past Limavady goalkeeper Richard Purcell.

The goal, strangely, did not give impetus to the visitors’ performance. Instead, the home side slowly regained a foothold in the match and gradually took control.

Joe McCready shot for goal, but his weak attempt was easily saved by Rory Brown.

In the 26th minute Lewis Tosh found himself completely clear of the Glenavon defence following a long forward punt by Purcell. Rory Brown stood tall in the face of the Limavady striker and blocked his shot. It was a fine save but a great chance to equalise spurned.

Jack Malone attempted a repeat of his opener against Newry last Friday night when he shot first time from the edge of the penalty area. However, he did not make a clean connection and Purcell saved easily.

In first half injury time McCready almost scored when he left fly with his left foot from outside the penalty area. His well hit effort cannoned back off a post and was cleared.

The second half proved to be a turgid affair. Limavady pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but Glenavon central defenders Danny Wallace and Conor Kerr coped well and gave up very few scoring opportunities.

Indeed, Limavady, despite winning a number of corner kicks, registered only a handful of goal attempts. Joe McCready shot wide from distance and, with time running out, Ryan Doherty blasted over the crossbar from 15 yards. Another scrambled far post effort was cleared.

In the closing minutes, with the home side pushing men forward, Glenavon squandered a series of openings.

Substitute Cohen Henderson shot just over the crossbar. When the subdued Peter Campbell saw a close-range effort blocked, Isaac Baird dragged the loose ball wide of an upright.

Jack Malone’s shot from Stephen Teggart’s cross was saved. Then Teggart himself had a go but Purcell kept the ball out. Finally, teenager Daniel Shiel shot wide when well placed.

Overall an unconvincing performance by Glenavon but a pleasing result.

LIMAVADY UNITED: Purcell, McLaughlin, Walker, T. Boorman, R. Doherty, Parkhill, Tosh, Crown, Connor McCloskey, R. Boorman, McCready, SUBS: Carlin (not used), Tennant (not used), D. Brown for Tosh (75 mins), McKendry (not used), Butcher for Parkhill (75 mins), Pomeroy for Connor McCloskey (64 mins), L. Dohertyfor McLaughlin (88 mins).

Yellow Cards: None.

GLENAVON: R. Brown, Ward, Wallace, Kerr, Quinn, Snoddy, Malone, Prendergast, Campbell, Mulvenna, Conor McCloskey, SUBS: Purvis (not used), Shiel for Prendergast (75 mins), Baird for Mulvenna (70 mins), Teggart for Ward (61 mins), Garrett for Quinn (half time), Henderson for Conor McCloskey (61 mins).

Yellow Cards: Ward (57’), Wallace (72’)

REFEREE: Declan Hassan.