Team news: Mark Patton makes his first start of the season, Shane McCabe and Kyle Neill are back in the starting line-up after a bout of flu, James Singleton returns from suspension and Ciaran Caldwell is in from the start.
A first start of the season for Mark Patton – and he played the full 90 minutes. Photo by Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
An early scare for Glenavon as James McGrath dropped Raymond Foy’s 4th minute corner but he managed to gather it again as Mark Stafford and Liam Martin tried to get a boot to it. A minute later James Singleton put his back post header just wide from a Kevin Braniff free kick near the left corner flag.
Eoin Bradley contrived to scoop the ball over from 6 yards as he got on the end of a cross from the right by Braniff in the 20th minute. Nine minutes later the two front men combined and Ciaran Martyn was inches away from making contact at the near post as he slid in to try to get on the end of Braniff’s low cross.
Shane McCabe hurdles a challenge by Jason McCartney. Photo by Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
In the 35th minute Ryan Campbell’s shot deflected off Kyle Neill and looped over bar and a minute later Foy’s corner broke to Johnny Lafferty in the centre of goal and his overhead kick also cleared McGrath’s bar.
Just before the break Campbell’s dipping volley was held by McGrath before Stefan McCusker got down well to save Neill’s free kick.
The Mallards took the lead ten minutes into the second half as MArtin ran onto a ball down the left and cut it back for Campbell who took a touch before hammering a left foot shot past McGrath.
Rhys Marshall takes a tumble over James McKenna. Photo by Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
Two minutes later Patton crossed to Bradley, he chested the ball down , swivelled and shot across goal but the ball flashed past the far post.
Bradley spurned another great chance to score in the 69th minute when he headed wide from a yard out at the far post from another excellent cross by Patton. Substitute Darren Forsyth outmuscled his marker to burst clear in the 78th minute but one one one with the keeper his shot was inches wide.
Eoin Bradley was unlucky with this back post header that Stefan McCusker saved. Photo by Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
Rhys Marshall made a goal saving block to deny Martin and Jason McCartney was guilty of missing an open goal after he was put clear by Lafferty as Glenavon chased an equaliser in vain.
Paddy McNally had to come off after sustaining a head injury. Photo by Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
Ballinamallard Utd: McCusker, Crilly, McMenamin, Stafford, McLoughlin, Martin, Foy, Feeney, McCartney, Campbell, Lafferty. Subs: Courtney, Dykes, Currie, McKenna, Smith
Glenavon: McGrath, Singleton, Marshall, Lindsay, Neill, Caldwell, McCabe, Martyn, Patton, Braniff, Bradley. Subs: Kilmartin, McGrory, Forsyth, McNally, Lavery.
Referee: Andrew Davey