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 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 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.
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
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.
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