Photos from Europa League Tie

Thanks to Alan Weir, Brian Bain and David Hunter for the photographs from last night’s Europa League tie with Shakhtyor Soligorsk.

Glenavon 1-2 Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Glenavon fans will have gone away after tonight’s game happy despite the result and no doubt impressed with the Lurgan Blues performance. Unfortunately two errors gifted the undoubtedly talented visitors their goals but Gary Hamilton’s side never gave up and, coming on as an 82nd minute substitute, he himself helped inspire his players to pull back a goal that at least gives Glenavon a ray of hope going in to next week’s away leg in Belarus.

2: 0-1 Disastrous start for Glenavon as a poor kick out by McGrath went straight to Yanush and though the keeper saved his effort Afanasyeu followed up to fire into the empty net.

11: Great chance for Marshall as Dillon heads Hall’s free kick across goal but the youngster can only steer his shot straight at the keeper.

18: Singleton harshly booked. Shakhtyor player made a meal of it

27: Dillon glances Hall’s free kick narrowly wide

28: Starhorodskyy free kick curls wide but McGrath was able to watch it out.

29: Caution for Matveichyk for a trip on Dillon

30: 0-2 Another error costs Glenavon a goal as Martyn’s woefully under-hit back pass never looked like reaching McGrath and Kamarouski made no mistake with only the keeper to beat.

38: Another poor back pass! This times its Kilmartin at fault but the woodwork comes to the rescue as a shot crashes off the post and is cleared by Kilmartin himself.

44: Quick break by Glenavon as Bradley latches onto a long ball, holds it up well and plays Braniff in but his shot clears the bar under pressure from a defender.

45: HT 0-2 Two goals gifted by Glenavon who actually created a few decent chances themselves.

47: Great pass by Braniff to put Bradley in ant looked like he had pulled a goal back when he lobbed the keeper but somehow it was cleared off the line.

48: Great Double save by McGrath

49: Caution for Yanushkavic

51: Elebert heads over from Hall’s corner

52 Shakhtyor substitution 23 Kovalev for 13 Mikoliunas

63: Glenavon substitution 6 Lindsay for 25 Elebert (inj)

66: Glenavon substitution 12 Patton for 7 Kilmartin

67: Somehow Martyn can’t force the ball over the line from four yards out!

71: Caution for Rybak for a foul on Bradley

73: Shakhtyor substitute 7 Covic for 8 Afanasiev

76: The Shakhtyor keeper drops Dillon’s long throw and his defender’s fail to clear and concede a free kick 25 yards out

77: Keeper beats out Braniff’s free kick

81: Patton has a shot blocked but Dillon collects the rebound and draws a decent save from Bushma

82: Glenavon substitution 20 Hamilton for 11 Hall

84: Shakhtyor substitution 20 Martynyuk for 15 Komarovski

86: 1-2 Patton slams the ball into the roof of the net after Hamilton’s brilliant cross-field pass releases Bradley and his cross-shot, with Bushma stranded out of his goals was well finished by the Glenavon subsitute

89: Caution for Kelly

90 Glenavon break in numbers as Hamilton plays it out of defence and Bradley crosses to the far post for Dillon but the defender heads it out for a corner

Playing four additional minutes, Glenavon pushing for an equaliser

Glenavon: McGrath, Marshall, Kelly, Elebert, Singleton, Bradley, Dillon, Kilmartin, Martyn (c), Hall, Braniff. Subs: McKeown, Neill, Lindsay, Patton, Caldwell, Hamilton, Sykes

Shakhtyor:  Bushma, Matveichyk, Yanushkevich, Yurevich, Afanasyeu, Yanush, Starhorodskyy (C), Mikoliunas, Kamarouski, Rybak, Kuzmianok. Subs: Kotenko (GK), Shybun, Covic, Kazeka, Martynyuk, Kavaliou, Vasileuski.


Preview: Glenavon v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Thu)

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Glenavon open the Club’s Europa League campaign on Thursday night at Mourneview Park with the visit of Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk (kick off 7:45pm). The Belarus Premier League season is already well underway, and Shakhtyor, who qualified for the competition by winning their domestic cup competition last season, have already played 12 league games, are in 3rd place and will certainly be match fit. Shakhtyor defeated Derry City 6-1 on aggregate in last season’s Europa League Second Qualifying Round.

Gary Hamilton has his squad as well-prepared as possible, with an early return to pre-season training and having played three friendly games including two against top Welsh and Scottish sides TNS and St. Johnstone. “It’s a tough ask for us but we’ve prepared thoroughly and we’re ready for the challenge,” Gary told us on Wednesday afternoon. “The lads have given up their time to come back early for pre-season and have really worked hard and I know that they’ll give their all against Shakhtyor.

“The fans have a massive part to play as well, as they have done in our ‘big games’ like last season’s Irish Cup semi-final and final and the game against Portadown that got us here this season. If they all get behind us and cheer us on from first whistle to the last, it really does lift the players and helps them put in the performance we need.

“We’ve watched the videos of Shakhtyor’s games and they are a very good side with most of their squad having international experience. On our day we can match anyone, as we showed against St. Johnstone. We’ll be positive without being gung-ho and I’ve told the players to take everything they can out of these two games. At the very least, these games will be a great preparation for the new season.”

Glenavon's Mark Patton in action with St. Johnstone's David Wotherspoon Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Glenavon’s Mark Patton in action with St. Johnstone’s David Wotherspoon
Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Ones to Watch

Shakhtyor’s leading goal scorer this season is 30-year old striker Nikolai Yanush who has bagged four goals so far and he was his Club’s leading goal scorer last season with 15 goals. His strike partner, 6′ 1″ 24-year old Serbian Nemanja Covic has chipped in with three goals. The midfield also carries a goal threat with a total of five goals from the 12 league games played so far.

©/ - 17th July 2014.  Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Europa League Second Qualifying Round, Derry City v FC Shakhtyor Salihorsk. Shakhtyor Salihorsk's Nikolai Yanush celebrates his goal. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty /

Shakhtyor Salihorsk’s Nikolai Yanush celebrates after scoring at The Brandywell against Derry City in last season’s Europa League Second Qualifying Round. Photo Credit : Lorcan Doherty /

Supporter Information

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Admission charges are £12 and £8 and children of primary school age will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Our Sponsors

Glenavon FC is very grateful for the support of our sponsors for this game.

BMG InsuranceThe Joint Match Sponsors are BMG Insurance Group and Green Shoots Garden Centre Belfast.

Established in 1972, BMG Group is a family run business with offices in Portadown, Lurgan and Belfast. It has an excellent reputation for providing a quality and friendly service to all its Clients. BMG transacts all Classes of Insurance for both the private and commercial market.

The Ball Sponsor is Billy Crozier and the Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by Lucy Kerr.

 Match Officials

Referee: Dag Vidar HAFSÅS (NOR)
Assistant 1: Sven Erik MIDTHJELL (NOR)
Assistant 2: Svein Inge WIKEN (NOR)
4th Official: Martin LUNDBY (NOR)


Europa League Sponsorship Opportunity

Glenavon is seeking match and ball sponsors for our attractive Europa League fixture against Shakhtyor Soligorsk on Thursday night. Prices are £500 for the match sponsorship and £150 for the ball sponsorship and sponsors will be treated to the full hospitality on a European match day and receive extensive publicity through our website and social media and in the local press.

Any interested businesses, groups or individuals should email or contact either the club office or any director as soon as possible.