Anniversary Book Sales

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As previously announced the hardback edition of the Glenavon 125th Anniversary book is sold out but we still have stocks of the paperback version, which would be an ideal Christmas present for any Glenavon fan, price £10 and these can be obtained as follows:

  • any morning, 10am-noon, Monday-Friday, by visiting the club offices
  • any morning, 10am-noon, Monday-Friday, by calling the club offices (028 38322472)
  • any evening when the club shop is open – pre-Christmas opening hours will be announced shortly
  • at our next home game v Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday 30th December (KO 7.45pm)
  • orders are still being accepted online  – click here to place your order.

Boxing Day Tickets – Update

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Tickets for our Boxing Day game at Shamrock Park will be on sale from the club shop this Friday evening from 7 to 9pm and also the following Monday and Tuesday, again from 7 to 9pm.  From tomorrow (Thursday) tickets can also be obtained from Skelton Travel Services, High Street Shopping Arcade, Lurgan.

The shop also contains a wide range of items that would make ideal Christmas presents for all Glenavon fans including home and away shirts, scarves, 125 GFC ties, hats and, of course, copies of the 125 Anniversary  book.

Result: Ballinamallard Utd. 1-0 Glenavon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Preview: Ballinamallard Utd. v Glenavon

It’s looking like ‘all hands to the pumps’ tomorrow as Glenavon travel to Ballinamallard for the first time this season with many of Gary Hamilton’s regular defenders suspended or doubtful through illness or injury. Definitely out (suspended) are Conor Dillon and Winkie Murphy, Gary himself starts a two game ban and keeper Alan Blayney will be missing for several weeks with a broken finger. “We’ve named a 17 man squad and we’ll assess where we are in the morning when everyone reports. Every game is vital and the sooner we have everyone back the better but we just have to get on with it,” Gary explained.

“The games between the sides have been tight with very little between us and it’s never easy down there. Hopefully if we create the chances and take them we can come away with the right result but we have to make the right decisions, up front and at the back. Poor decision making has cost us goals and also in attack we’ve seen players passing when they should be shooting and shooting when they should be passing, not putting in crosses when the chance is there; just making bad decisions. This can happen when the confidence is low so we need a good result to get that confidence back.”

James Singleton is back from his automatic one game ban and Andy McGrory and Gareth McKeown are available tomorrow before they start four game bans commencing next Monday in the aftermath of the recent game with Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

Reserves

The Reserves are at home this Saturday to Ballinamallard. Kick off is 2.00pm and as always admission is free. Pete Batey’s lads are next in action when they play Portadown on Saturday 28th at Mourneview, 2pm kick off. The Bedeck Suite will be open at 1.30pm that day.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Andrew Davey George Argyropoulos Mark O’Brien Kevin Taggart

Irish Cup Draw

Irish Cup holders Glenavon start their defence of the trophy with an away trip to Moyola Park in the 5th Round of this season’s competition. The 5th round games are scheduled for Saturday January 10th, kick off 3pm.