International action at Mourneview

Final score: Northern Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands

Rachel Furness – 21, 90 mins
Julie Nelson – 52 mins

Northern Ireland starting line-up: Emma Higgins;Demi Vance; Lynda Shepherd; Julie Nelson; Ashley Hutton; Alex Hurst; Aimee Mackin; Nadene Caldwell; Marissa Callaghan;Simone Magill; Rachel Furness.

Subs: Tiarna McKenna;Sarah Connolly; Lindsay Corry; Lisa Armour; Clare Timoney; Laura Rafferty; Danielle McDowell.

Tonight Northern Ireland’s women conclude their World Cup qualifying campaign with a game against the Faroe Islands. Kick-off is 7.30pm with free admission.
There is also pre-match entertainment starting at 6.30pm with face painting, balloon making and stilt walkers. You don’t get that with the Champions League!


The numbers from Monday’s draw were: 12, 13, 17, 21. There were 11 match three winners but the jackpot remains unclaimed, meaning this week’s jackpot stands at £6,100.

Information for supporters for Linfield game

Glenavon spectators will be housed in the Upper Deck of the Kop Stand on Saturday. Entry to Midgley Park will be via Midgley Lane from the Boucher Road.
Car parking in Midgley Park is very restricted so there is no room for Glenavon fans to park. Any elderly fans who would find the long walk difficult should let the club know so their counterparts at Linfield can assist.
Entry to the Kop Stand will be by using demountable turnstiles, lines of barriers, as there are no turnstiles available due to redevelopment work.
There will be a ticket selling outlet in Midgley Park where a match day ticket can be bought before entry to the turnstile area. Admission to the stand will be by this ticket method only – no cash will be accepted at the turnstiles.

Glenavon 2-4 Portadown – FT

Eddie McCallion comes in for Winkie Murphy while there is a debut for Darren Forsyth, who replaces Eoin Bradley.

5 – Ciaran Martyn sets Kevin Braniff off down the right. He races into the box and his low shot almost catches everyone out, except for Miskelly, who gets a foot to it. Ross Redman clears the danger.
7 – Darren Murray heads over after a McAllister shot inadvertently went in his direction. The big striker didn’t know a lot about it!
8 – McKeown clears a Gault header off the line from a Casement corner.
10 – Another Casement corner is headed over by Garry Breen.
13 – Murray’s glancing header is aimed just past the foot of the far post, Mackle supplied the cross.
18 – GOAL! Shane McCabe fouled by Garrett 25 yards from goal. Gareth McKeown steps up, curls the ball around the wall and past the outstretched Miskelly. 1-0.
22 – Breen booked for dissent.
30 – GOAL! Portadown equalise when McAllister’s low pass along the box evades everyone except for Mackle at the back post who finished with a simple tap-in. 1-1
34 – GOAL! Portadown go in front with a well-struck free kick by Casement from 30 yards out which curled past Blayney. 1-2
41 – Marshall goes in the book for a foul outside the box on McMahon. Casement takes the resulting free kick and skims the top of the bar.
45 – GOAL! Well, almost. Neill has the ball in the net after controlling and volleying in of the post but the linesman had his flag up for offside.

51 – A clearance out of defence sets Sean Mackle off on a one-on-one opportunity against Blayney, but the keeper comes out on top, stopping the midfielder’s shot with his feet.
53 – Another ‘one v one’ chance for the Ports, this time Murray has the chance. It has the same end result too, Blayney saving with his hands this time.
59 – GOAL! A handball is given against McKeown from a corner kick. It looked harsh and the ball appeared to be low. Murray dispatches it to the keeper’s left. 1-3
71 – A McKeown free kick goes narrowly over from a similar distance from where he scored.
78 – GOAL! Glenavon pull one back when an attempted clearance hits Martyn in the face and creeps in. 2-3
81 – GOAL! Portadown break and McAllister finds McMahon, who scored with a well-struck effort from the edge of the box. 2-4
90 – Lindsay goes into the ref’s book.

GLENAVON: Blayney, McKeown, McCallion, Neill, Lindsay, Caldwell, Forsyth, Marshall, Braniff, McCabe, Martyn. Subs: Kilmartin, Hamilton (Forsyth 46), Dillon, Singleton (McCallion 46), McNamee (Neill 62).
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, Redman, O’Hara, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, Murray, McAllister, Gault, Garrett. Subs: Brennan, Ramsey (Breen 73), Mouncey, Twigg, Conaty.
REFEREE: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Preview: Glenavon v Portadown

There will be a minutes silence prior to today’s derby game in memory of journalist Gordon Hanna who died on Wednesday. Gordon, whose funeral took place yesterday, was a familiar figure in the MVP pressbox and a lifelong Glenavon supporter.

Gary Hamilton will be assessing the fitness of a number of players at training tonight (Thursday) ahead of the first Mid-Ulster Derby of the season when Portadown are the visitors for Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture.

Almost certainly out will be Winkie Murphy who was forced off before half time at Drumahoe on Saturday with a tight hamstring and Mark Patton, Andy McGrory, Kyle Neill, James Singleton and Conor Dillon have all been on the treatment table in a bid to make the big game.

Glenavon had the better of the Mid-Ulster encounters last season, winning three out of the four games, the best results for many years. “We would really like to achieve what we did last season, especially for the supporters. In the context of the league, you still only get three points for a win against Portadown, the same as Warrenpoint or Institute, but we all know how important the game is for the fans. We want to give our supporters the bragging rights,” Gary said, “but I always say derby games are like cup games. It’s very difficult to dominate derby games, though Portadown had done it for about 15 years until last season. Like a cup game, its hard to predict the result as it all depends who turns up on the day. I hope we can take the experience we’ve built up in the big games we’ve played recently into the game on Saturday.

“Portadown have brought in three excellent players in Robbie Garrett, Mark McAllister and Michael Gault and, in my opinion, they’ll be up there challenging for the title this season; they weren’t far away last time,” the Glenavon boss concluded.

Remember, this is NOT an all-ticket game so you can just turn up and pay at the gate: Adults £10, Senior Citizens and Under 17’s £7.

Car Parking

In order to comply with the Health and Safety requirements for Saturday’s game against Portadown entrance to the car park will not be permitted after 2 30pm. Thank you for your co-operation.

301 Club Draw

Anyone who hasn’t purchased a ticket for the 301 Club Draw, which will take place on the pitch at half time on Saturday, can do so from the club shop or any director on match day. This is the only 301 club draw planned for the coming season so don’t miss out on this chance to go home with £1,000. Tickets cost £10 each. Good luck!

Match Programme

The Club is pleased to confirm that the Glenavon Official Matchday Programme will be making a welcome return for the first time in several seasons. Editor Brian McCann and his team have been hard at work putting together a special edition for Saturday’s match.GlenavonProgramme

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Raymond Crangle Andrew Neeson Tom McKnight Simon Creaney

Our Sponsors

The Match Sponsor on Saturday is Major Freight Services from Glengormley. Launched in 1997 as a privately owned company, Major Freight Services is one of the ‘new breed’ of international shipping and forwarding agents in Northern Ireland. Major Freight Services has become recognised as one of the most efficient and competitive shipping agents in the province.

The Ball Sponsor is John Mairs and the Man of the Match Sponsors are Mayor of Craigavon Colin McCusker and Counsellor Marc Woods.