Eddie to Tackle Pyrenees Walk

This Saturday before the Linfield game Glenavon Director Eddie Drury has organised a collection for the Southern Area Hospice. This year Eddie raised £5,000 for the Hospice by walking the Camino de Santiago final leg of 125 miles. He plans to walk the 1st Leg next year, over the Pyrenees, and tomorrow is the start of his fundraising.

Please give generously to this worthy cause.

Preview: Glenavon v Linfield

Linfield pay their first visit of the season to Mourneview Park for tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture (3pm kick off) on the back of three straight defeats, two in the league followed up by Tuesday night’s Windsor Park County Antrim Shield loss to Crusaders.

While Glenavon go into Saturday’s game with a run of three consecutive league wins behind them and a 1-0 win against the visitors back in September at Windsor Park and with the confidence that goes with that sort of form, Gary Hamilton and his staff will have his players well prepared for a potential back-lash from Warren Feeney’s Linfield as they look to get back to winning ways.

“They’re wounded and they’ll be coming here with something to prove and we can’t afford to be over-confident,” Glenavon Assistant Manager Paul Millar told the Lurgan Mail as he looked ahead to the big game. “The Warrenpoint game was a big turning point for us after we had lost 4 out of 5 and we then had good wins away to Crusaders, and Ballymena last weekend. We’re a point off the top but the league is so tight and, as Gary has said repeatedly, our aim is to keep on improving year-on-year. We’ve good competition for places, there’s a good feeling about the place and we’re really looking forward to Saturday.”

Kevin Braniff celebrates what proved to be the winning goal at Windsor Park. Photo by Alan Weir.

Kevin Braniff celebrates what proved to be the winning goal at Windsor Park. Photo by Alan Weir.

Feeney’s main worry is the poor home form, “We just cannot seem to manage games at home. We can perform away from home – I’ve no worries at all about that. But I don’t know what it is about Windsor. The reality is we are still in a great position in the league. We are three points off the top with a new team still gelling. We are a work in progress,” the Linfield boss told the Belfast Telegraph after Tuesday’s 2-4 home defeat.

Kris Lindsay will miss out again as he rests a slight knee strain but the unfortunate Darren Forsyth looks set for a long absence after he limped off in Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup game with what seemed to be a bad knee injury.

Surprisingly, considering the controversy that surrounded his last appointment at Mourneview Park, tomorrow’s scheduled referee is Mervyn Smyth.

125th Anniversary Mega Draw

Tickets (£100 or £10 over 10 months) for our 125th anniversary Mega Draw are now available. With fantastic monthly prizes on offer to the lucky winners and sellers alike, we would encourage as many fans as possible to sign up. Be sure to pick up an entry form at the ground tomorrow or speak to any Director.Mega Draw

Matchday Programme

We will once again be producing a full-colour Souvenir matchday programme for tomorrow’s game and you’ll be able to pick one up inside the ground, price £2.00.

Glenavon Lottery

With the Jackpot in the Glenavon Lotto having reached an amazing £6700 for next Monday’s draw, there’s no excuse for missing out on a chance to win as tickets will be on sale in the ground on Saturday. Look out for the booth outside the Club Shop (at the Glenavon Crescent end of the ground).

Our Sponsors

The Match Sponsor for Saturday is major local employer Avondale Foods (Craigavon) Ltd. which manufactures and supplies the UK and Ireland’s leading multiple retailers with side salads, vegetable accompaniments, soups, sauces and dips and of course has maintained a long association with Glenavon through the Geddis family.

The Ball Sponsor is supporter Roy Harrison and the Glenavon Man of the Match Award is sponsored once again by The Lethal Ladies.

We thank all our sponsors for their generous support which continues to be a vital source of revenue for the Club.

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsor Man of the Match Sponsor
Avondale_Logo Roy Harrison  The Lethal Ladies

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Mervyn Smyth Paul Robinson Ken Ross Keith Kennedy

 

MU Cup: Glenavon 6-1 Valley Rangers

Andy Hoey nods in the opening goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Andy Hoey nods in the opening goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Andy Hoey headed Glenavon ahead in the 7th minute from a cross from the right side of the box by Shayne Lavery.

Winkie Murphy watches as his header makes it 2-0. Photo by Brian Bain

Winkie Murphy watches as his header makes it 2-0. Photo by Brian Bain

Winkie Murphy made it 2-0 in the 25th minute with a towering header from a corner by Andy Kilmartin. The big defender had headed one over earlier but the visitors failed to learn that you can’t leave him time and space in the box to get his head on the ball.

Rangers keeper Baillie looks on helplessly as Lavery's curling sot sneaks in off the inside of his post. Photo by Alan Weir.

Rangers keeper Richard Baillie looks on helplessly as Shayne Lavery’s curling shot sneaks in off the inside of his post. Photo by Alan Weir.

Shortly after Darren Forsyth was forced off with an injury the impressive 15-year old Lavery netted with a low curling shot from the edge of the area after Hoey slipped him the ball to make it 3-0 in the 41st minute.

Shayne Lavery celebrates after scoring on his first-team debut. Photo by Alan Weir.

Shayne Lavery celebrates after scoring on his first-team debut. Photo by Alan Weir.

Hoey was involved two minutes later when Rangers’ keeper Richard Baillie failed to hold his low shot but the ball was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Matthew Johnston.

Hoey made it 5-0 nine minutes into the second half from the penalty spot after Johnston was adjudged to have tripped Lavery.

Lavery is brought down for the penalty. Photo by Brian Bain

Lavery is brought down for the penalty. Photo by Brian Bain

Thomas Graham pulled a goal back three minutes later with a close-range header  when a static Glenavon defence failed to deal with a free kick to the back post from wide on the left wing by Andy McMath.

Lavery fired home his second of the night after a neat move with Hoey playing the ball into the box for Ciaran Martyn to nod down for the onrushing winger to strike low and hard past Baillie from the edge of the area.

James McGrath made a great point blank save to deny McMath a goal in the 78th minute and skipper Eddie McCallion made a brilliant goal line clearance in the final minute to keep out Rangers striker David McMurray’s effort after McGrath had been caught out of his goals.

Hoey leaves his marker in his wake as he makes for goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Hoey leaves his marker in his wake as he makes for goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Glenavon: McGrath, McCallion (c), Murphy, Coiley, Blackledge, Lavery, Kilmartin, Martyn (Olali 69), McNamee, Hoey (Sykes 72), Forsyth (Freeland 40). Subs not used: Reynolds, Drylie

Valley Rangers: Baillie, M Johnston (P Johnston 68), McKee (Steven Patterson 46), T Graham, Hanna, Stevenson (McCoy 79), Cranston, Stu. Patterson, K Graham, McMurray, McMath. Subs not used: Newell, R Graham

Lotto: 9, 11, 16, 18

Close, but no cigar! Ten people managed to match three of this week’s numbers but no-one was able to predict all four so the money rolls over yet again and next week’s bumper Jackpot is worth £6700.

The Jackpot has possibly now reached a new record in the Glenavon FC Lottery, the previous record win being £6600 back in October 2008 when Niall Hudson, then a Glenavon player, scooped the big prize.

Glenavon Defender Niall Hudson receives his £6600 Jackpot Prize from Glenavon Lottery Committee members Stevie Campbell, Davy Maguire and Ian Irwin.

Glenavon Defender Niall Hudson receives his £6600 Jackpot Prize from Glenavon Lottery Committee members Stevie Campbell, Davy Maguire and Ian Irwin.

Mid-Ulster Cup (Tuesday)

Glenavon host Valley Rangers FC in Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup Second Round game, kick off 7:45pm. Admission will be £5 and £3 concession and Season Tickets are not valid.

Rangers, who play in the Intermediate B section of the Mid-Ulster League, are based at Bignian Park in Kilkeel. They’re unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions, having defeated Craigavon City 4-2 away in Round 1 of this competition. They also won their last four League games scoring an incredible total of 22 goals whilst only conceding two!

Glenavon coach Nigel Law, speaking after Saturday’s victory at the Ballymena Showgrounds, told us that Glenavon will field a strong side consisting of the experienced players who need game time with a number of the exciting younger players in the development squad. “We’ll put out a side that is well capable of seeing us progress to the next round,” Nigel said.