A talented Leeds side clearly enjoyed the superb playing surface at a packed Mourneview Park as they put five goals past Glenavon in tonight’s glamour friendly. A dubious penalty decision for the third goal, awarded for a foul by Rhys Marshall on Matt Smith, and what looked like a foul on Gareth McKeown which went unpunished leading to the fifth goal helped make the scoreline rather harsh on Glenavon who played their part in an entertaining game.
Chris Dawson grabbed a hat trick, completed by that disputed penalty, and Smith powered in a towering header for the fourth before Eoghan Stokes added the 5th.
Davy Rainey went closest to a goal for the Lurgan Blues, seeing his cross-shot rolling agonizingly across the goal line after he was played in by Tiarnan Mulvenna.
Special guest for the night David Healey saw a firmly struck free kick well held by Paddy Kenny. NI’s all-time leading scorer picked up the Glenavon Man of the Match award from the sponsor Philip Harrison of Craigavon Koi and Aquatics. ‘King’ David then generously presented Philip’s son Mathew with his boots and kindly signed them as well.
Glenavon will run out in a specially embroidered 125th Anniversary shirt for tonight’s pre-season game with Leeds United.
Vicki Jameson of RL Embroidery based at Victor Stewart’s shop in Queen Street putting the finishing touches to the special 125th anniversary shirts Glenavon will wear tonight against Leeds United. Photo courtesy of the Lurgan Mail.
Fans will be able to relive Glenavon’s Irish Cup win over Ballymena Utd thanks to a special behind the scenes DVD of the occasion.
Lurgan Mail sports editor Gary Ellis captured the events of May 3, from the fans and players arriving at Mourneview Park on the morning of the final, to travelling with the team to the game and also special footage of the celebrations and the return home. Game footage of the goals is also included courtesy of BBC Sport NI and the Irish Football Association.
It is a fantastic fly-on-the-wall video of a very special day in the history of Glenavon Football Club and will, over the years, become even more valuable and become a collectors item.
“This is a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy what turned out to be a famous day for the club,” said Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer.
“Everyone has seen the goals, but the behind the scenes footage makes it a great memento for any Glenavon fan and it is nice to have it on DVD. It’s true value will come in years to come as future generations will be able to see how the day unfolded from start to finish.”
The first 100 copies will go on sale on Wednesday night and can be obtained only from the club shop, Blue Zone, priced at £8.99.
Paddy Kenny, Alex Cairns, Ross Killock, Jake Skelton, Tyler Denton, Alex Purver, Kalvin Phillips, Luke Booker, Gaetano Berardi, Afolabi Coker, Eoghan Stokes, Mathieu Smith, Chris Dawson, Dominic Poleon, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, George Swan
Glenavon Assistant Manager Paul Millar can’t wait to see the stadium packed for tonight’s visit of Leeds United. He spoke to Gary Ellis of the Lurgan Mail.