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FT: Cliftonville 5-0 Glenavon

Across the back for Glenavon its Sean McIlhone in nets with Kyle Neill, Eddie McCallion, William Murphy and teenager Owen McKeown at right back. The midfield is Patton, Kilmartin, Martyn, Sykes and McCaul with Mulvenna leading the line up front.

Eddie McCallion and Gary Hamilton reflect on a harsh scoreline for Glenavon.

Interview vidGlenavon made a decent start but were caught by a swift counterattack in the 5th minute as Liam Boyce’s super through ball picked out his strike partner Joe Gormley and, possibly with the help of a hand on the referee’s blindside, controlled the ball and rifled a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. That goal made it 37 goals for the season, a new club record for the Reds

Lone Glenavon striker Tiarnan Mulvenna put a back post header back across the goal and just wide after he was picked out by good cross from Mark Sykes in the 14th minute. Brian McCaul’s 18th minute corner was flicked goal-wards at the near post by Mulvenna with Boyce blocking it on the goal line.

Sykes then had a shot blocked before Andy Kilmartin made a brilliant tackle in the Glenavon box to deny Donnelly who would have been shooting from 8 yards.

Ten minutes before the interval a McCallionn free kick into the Reds box was headed across goal by Murphy with Ciaran Martyn glancing the ball just wide at the other post. Moments later McCallion had to be alert to turn out a dangerous Chris Curran ball across the box as Gormley lurked with intent at the far post.

Another bright start to the second half by Glenavon with Devlin punching the ball off Martyn’s head but once again the Champions had the answer. After Murphy was adjudged to have fouled Gormley just outside the box and Donnelly bent his left foot free kick round the wall and beat the despairing dive of the young Glenavon keeper.

Reds defender Mark Smyth smashed in the third goal in the 65th minute after Glenavon failed to deal with Curran’s corner and the ball went all the way through to the unmarked centre half.

In the 89th minute Mulvenna had a great chance to score a consolation for Glenavon after McDaid played him in but he shot straight at the body of Devlin.

To rub salt in the wounds Garrett glanced in a header in the 90th minute from Donnelly’s cross and Donnelly himself fired in a 5th in stoppage time with the last kick of the game after Seydak cut the ball back from the byeline.

Cliftonville: Devlin, McGovern, Smyth, McGovern, R Scannell, Donnelly, Johnston, McMullan (c), Curran, Boyce, Gormley. Subs: Garrett, O’Carroll, Winchester, Cosgrove, Murray

Glenavon: McIlhone, Neill, McCallion (c), Murphy, O McKeown, Patton, Kilmartin, Martyn, Sykes, McCaul, Mulvenna. Subs: McDaid, McIlveen, Hoey, Dane, Rea

Referee: Andrew Davey

Cup Final Shirts

CupFinalShirtWe’re taking orders for these now!

Prices are £30 for kids, £40 adults. £20 deposit secures. Actual shirts will be available for collection in the week running up to the Cup Final. We’ll have a sample shirt in the shop from tomorrow morning if anyone wants to see it in the flesh. The shop is open tomorrow from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Cup Final Tickets – Update

Glenavon has taken receipt of our full quota of Cup Final Tickets from the IFA and these will go on sale as previously announced:

Update: tickets can be bought this morning (Saturday) between 10:30 and 12:30

Tuesday 22nd April 10.30 am to 2.30 pm
Thursday 24th April 5.00 to 7.00 pm
Saturday 26th April 10.00 to 12.00 noon

From next week tickets can also be obtained from Skelton Travel, High Street Shopping Arcade and Moutray’s Costcutter, Banbridge Road.

Tickets are also available from any director or the club office. The office is open from 9.30 to 12 noon each day from Monday to Thursday.

Tickets are priced at £15 adult and £8 concession.

The club will keep the sale of tickets under review over the coming week and may announce further dates as appropriate.

Preview: Cliftonville v Glenavon

Updated Danske Bank Premiership Logo

Gary Hamilton has called on the Glenavon fans to continue to stay behind the team as the season reaches a climax over the next week. “The fans support has been vital to us this season and it’s really important that the supporters continue to get behind the team and to keep the players’ spirits high as we near the Cup Final. All players, whether its our young stars or the experienced players, need the fans support and encouragement and this group of players, who have got us to the final, really deserve that support in every game, win lose or draw.

“I take responsibility for the decisions I’ve had to make. We’d love to play a full strength squad in every game from now to the end of the season but we have injuries and suspensions to consider and, frankly, we must prioritize the cup, the biggest game for the club in years, with a great chance of European football.

“Tomorrow I have literally one fit striker at my disposal. Tiarnan Mulvenna has returned to training and Robbie McDaid is just coming back to fitness but myself, Guy Bates and Davy Rainey are all out injured. James Singleton, Kris Lindsay, Gareth McKeown and Andy McGrory are also injured. It’s not a question of resting anyone; the guys simply aren’t fit and we have two weeks to get them back for the Cup Final.”

For the Reds, Ryan Catney is suspended but Tommy Breslin welcomes back his influential captain George McMullan following a foot injury.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Andrew Davey James Eakin Mark O’Brien Keith Kennedy

Cup Final Buses

The Triangle GSC will be running additional buses to the Cup Final with limited spaces available for non-members. Tickets, priced at £8 each, will be available from the Triangle club room on Easter Tuesday and Saturday week (Linfield game). Alternatively call 07709 303213 for further details.