Gary Hamilton makes numerous changes from Tuesday night’s win against Warrenpoint Town but it still looks like a strong starting line up.
Glenavon’s new double act, Shane McCabe and Mark Patton, talk to the Lurgan Mail after the game and they also look ahead to Monday night’s Irish Cup game. Video
Glenavon had to come from two goals down to earn the three points in this entertaining game at Mourneview Park after Jamie Glackin’s two goal had put the visitors 2-0 up after just six minutes.
Davy Rainey’s cross after just 53 seconds deflected off Sean McCashin and rebounded off the bar with Tiarnan Mulvenna’s well struck follow up pushed around the post by Gareth Buchanan.
In the third minute Andy Coleman dropped a cross from Cameron Grieve and winger Glackin was on hand to fire home from six yards.
Jamie Glackin puts Dungannon 1-0 up. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
The same player capitalised on sloppy defending as the ball bobbled around in the Glenavon area and fired into the bottom corner to double the visitor’s lead after only 6 minutes.
Mulvenna went close again in the 27th minute after good link up play between McCaul and Rainey led to a cross from Shannon that Mulvenna fired right footed only to see his shot deflected for a corner. Moments later Rainey twisted his way into the box and fired over a low cross-shot that was blocked away from the goal line.
Mark Patton pulled a deserved goal back in the 36th minute with a great turn on the edge of the box and a superb left foot strike into the top corner after he controlled a ball into the Swifts penalty area by Brian McCaul.
Mark Patton pulls the first goal back for Glenavon. Photo by Alan Weir.
Two minutes later the sides were level after superb work by Rhys Marshall and a clever chest pass by McCaul released Shane McCabe through the middle and the Fermanagh man just ran and ran before unleashing a 25 yard screamer that gave Buchanan no chance.
Shane McCabe scores the equaliser. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Teenager Marshall put Glenavon in front in the 68th minute when he smashed a shot in from 12 yards after Winkie Murphy had two shots blocked. The chance came about after Buchanan handled outside his area and the Swifts defence struggled to clear Gary Hamilton’s free kick from the edge of their box.
Rhys Marshall celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning third goal for Glenavon. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Glenavon: Coleman, Shannon (c), Murphy (Dane 76), McCallion, Marshall, McCaul, Kilmartin, McCabe (McIlveen 65), Patton, Mulvenna (Hamilton 65), Rainey. Subs not used: Dallas, McGrory
Dungannon: Buchanan, McCaffrey, Grieve, Hutchinson, Liggett, Glackin, McUllough, Tomelty (C Lavery 58), S Lavery (Brolly 70), McCashin, Harpur (c) (Fitzpatrick 58). Subs not used: Crawford, Brennan
Cautions: Tomelty 57, Buchanan 67, Grieve 83, Hamilton 83
Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)
This challenge by former Glenavon player Cameron Grieve on his ex-manager led to cautions for both players. Photo by Alan Weir.