125th Anniversary Book

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The history of Glenavon Football Club is to be recalled in a book marking the Club’s 125th anniversary. Further details on the book’s release and details of how to pre-order from the website will be issued shortly.Book Front Cover

Plans are afoot to launch the book ahead of Christmas, making it the ideal stocking filler for fans of the Mourneview Aces. Continue reading

Result: Glenavon 1-3 Cliftonville

Gary Hamilton opened the scoring after only 37 seconds. The home side kicked off and won a throw in which Gareth McKeown took. William Murphy flicked it on and the gaffer’s left foot shot went in off the boot of Johnny Flynn though the strike was on target and going in anyway.

Murphy was sent off after 19 minutes when he was adjudged to have gone in with a two-footed challenge on Jude Winchester as he went in to clear the ball after Rhys Marshall had made a block tackle.

The ten men only managed to hold out for seven minutes before David McDaid showed why Tommy Breslin signed him as he wove his way past Marshall and got a lucky bounce off Conor Dillon before squaring the ball to Joe Gormley who made no mistake with a shot to the bottom corner from 12 yards.

The Champions went in front in first half stoppage time with a close range finish by Stephen Garrett. Alan Blayney had brilliantly tipped his shot over the bar but when Donnelly’s corner came over a scramble ensued in the 6 yard box with McDaid’s shot blocked by Kyle Neill before breaking to Garrett who slammed it home at the back post.

Hamilton had a chance to level the scores nine minutes into the second half when he got on the end of Martyn’s flick on but, stretching, he could only shoot straight into Devlin’s chest. A minute later he did well to hold up the ball in the box and lay it off to Caldwell but he hesitated a fraction and allowed Flynn to close down his shot but the rebound fell to McGrory and his shot came back off the foot of the far post, with Neill blasting well over.

In the 62nd minute Devlin had to be on his toes as he tipped Caldwell’s 30 yard shot over the bar.

Glenavon pressed hard for an equaliser but Garrett doubled his tally for the game in stoppage time courtesy of a wicked deflection that gave Blayney no chance.

Glenavon were always in contention for a point despite playing over 70 minutes with ten men and that late goal was hard on Gary Hamilton and his players who never gave up.

Glenavon: Blayney, McKeown, Dillon, Murphy, Marshall, McGrory, McCabe, Caldwell, Neill, Martyn, Hamilton. Subs: Lindsay, Kilmartin (McCabe 74), McNally (Dillon 86), Hoey, McKendry (Hamilton 90)

Cliftonville: Devlin, Cosgrove, Smyth, Flynn, Seydak, Garrett, Catney, Winchester, Donnelly, McDaid, Gormley. Subs: McGovern, Johnston (Winchester 56), McMullan, Murray (Gormley 90+2), Mulvenna (McDaid 77)

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Match Programme

Cliftonville ProgramIn this weekend’s Glenavon match programme a Glenavon memorabilia collector is asking for your help to find out more information about a lyric sheet believed to be from the 1940s, while Gary and the Club Chairman give their views on what has been a tough November for the Blues.

Preview: Glenavon v Cliftonville

Glenavon forwards Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff are suspended along with full back James Singleton for Saturday’s visit of the Champions. Bradley and Singleton serve one game bans for accumulating five cautions and Braniff starts his two game suspension following his sending off against Linfield in Glenavon’s last home game. Shane McCabe is available again after missing last week’s game against Portadown due to suspension.

Gary Hamilton will lead the line tomorrow. Photo by Alan Weir.

Gary Hamilton will lead the line tomorrow. Photo by Alan Weir.

Gary Hamilton has said all along that Cliftonville are the favourites to win the league title again this season and he sees no reason to change his mind after the Reds lost only their second league game this season, last Saturday at Seaview. “By all reports, it wasn’t a 4-1 score line last week. Crusaders hit them on the break and scored when they had the chances and Cliftonville didn’t score theirs.

“They have the depth of squad and their front two will probably outscore any other team in the league so, although Crusaders, Portadown and Linfield will be up there too, I can’t see anyone finishing above Cliftonville,” the Glenavon player-manager told us.

“We’ll probably go with a 4-5-1 tomorrow and unfortunately I’ll be the ‘1’ up front!” Gary joked as he looked ahead to what will no doubt be a very tough game. “Although we’ll be missing key players tomorrow we’re confident that whoever takes the field will not let us down and if we put in a good performance and everyone works hard we can take something from the game.”

Gary drafts 15-year old Conor McKendry into the squad tomorrow and Kris Lindsay also returns after missing several weeks. “Conor is a very talented young player who we rate very highly. He can play in behind the striker, out wide or in central midfield. Kris had an injection in his knee a few weeks ago. It was nothing serious but he picked up a slight problem, probably from the hard pitches earlier in the season, and the other lads have done well so he hasn’t managed to get back in since.”

PSNI Notice

“We have received a complaint from a resident at McCormack Gardens regarding people parking in front of driveways, etc. Could you kindly mention this on your webpage and for liaising with other clubs.

“It appears more people are travelling with cars and clubs are not using buses as much as before. Any assistance with this matter would be greatly appreciated.”

Sgt Duncan McBain, Lurgan Neighbourhood Team (02838315346 / 07795152344)

Our Sponsors

The Match Sponsor is our Club President Gordon Irwin and we have joint Ball Sponsors: Bobby Campbell Motors, Gilford Road, Lurgan and ‘The Marks Bros’ – Duck Soup anyone?

The Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by Cornerstone Care 212, a provider of Residential and Day Care for persons with a learning disability.

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsors Man of the Match Sponsor
 Gordon Irwin Bobby Campbell Motors
& The Marks Bros
Cornerstone Care 212 Limited

Match Officials

Referee 1st Assistant 2nd Assistant 4th Official
Raymond Crangle James Eakin Stephen Donaldson Lee Tavinder

 

News Bits

FIXTURE CHANGE

Following last night’s Premier League Management Committee Meeting our home fixture against Dungannon Swifts originally scheduled for New Year’s Day will now be played on Tuesday 30th December with a 7:45pm kick off. The two clubs agreed this change to avoid having to play on the Thursday and the following Saturday.

RESERVES AT HOME

Our Reserves feature in a mini Mid-Ulster derby this Wednesday evening when they take on Portadown Reserves at MVP. Kick off is at 7:45pm with free admission.