Coleraine Game – PSNI/GFC Appeal

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‘On Saturday 27th September 2104, Glenavon FC travelled to Coleraine for an Irish League tie.  Unfortunately, following the match a small group of individuals wearing Glenavon colours were involved in an altercation adjacent to Coleraine Railway Station where a 15 year old was head butted, knocked unconscious and as a result sustained injuries to his face.  Glenavon FC is totally disgusted by this incident and in addition to bringing the assailant(s) to justice we also want to protect the good name of the club and fans by asking for your help in identifying the individuals involved by contacting the PSNI on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Quote Ref: 8802709.  DMCB’.

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Club News

  • Glenavon’s home Danske Bank Premiership fixture with Institute has been brought forward from Saturday 6th December to Friday 5th December, with a 7:45 pm kick off.
  • Congratulations to Glenavon Director Julie Harvey who has won the ‘CTN of the Year’ at the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Retailer Awards 2014. For the uninitiated, CTN is the Confectionary, Tobacconist and Newsagents and Julie, who is the proprietor of the Model Newsagents in Bessbrook, was delighted that all her hard work has paid off.

Result: Crusaders 1-4 Glenavon

Gary on win at SeaviewAfter today’s well-deserved victory at Seaview Gary Hamilton spoke to Gary Ellis of the Lurgan Mail.

Kevin Braniff , who had already forced a save from Sean O’Neill with a clever free kick, bundled the ball in from close range after the Crusaders defence failed to deal with a cross from the right corner flag from Eoin Bradley and after Kyle Neill’s attempt spun off his boot, the former Portadown striker was on hand to force it in from a yard.

Kevin Braniff fires Glenavon into a 1-0 lead. Photo by Stephen Hamilton   Presseye

Kevin Braniff fires Glenavon into a 1-0 lead. Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye

The lead only lasted five minutes though, Declan Caddell firing in after Jordan Owens nodded down Paul Heatley’s corner.

Blaney made a great save to deny Gary McCutcheon when another Heatley corner found its way to the little Scot beyond the back post and he hit a low volley.

Two goals in as many minutes for Glenavon saw the visitors take a 3-1 interval lead. The second goal was a classic counterattack as a misplaced cutback in the Glenavon area was intercepted by Braniff and, despite being scythed down by David Magowan  he regained his feet and, with the referee playing a good advantage, measured a perfect through ball to Ciaran Caldwell. He strode forward with only Craig McClean in his way. He waited for the perfect moment to slip the ball out to Bradley and he took one touch before drilling it left-footed beyond O’Neill.

Eoin Bradley celebrates after putting Glenavon 2-1 up. Photo by Stephen Hamilton   Presseye

Eoin Bradley celebrates after putting Glenavon 2-1 up. Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye

That was in the 42nd minute and two minutes later another swift move up the park saw Rhys Marshall pass the ball to Caldwell and he cut it back to Braniff who caught out Billy Joe Burns by feinting to shoot with his right but letting it run onto his left foot before shooting in low from 12 yards.

Crusaders' Jordan Owens  in action with Glenavon's  Alan Blayney. Photo by Stephen Hamilton   Presseye

Crusaders’ Jordan Owens in action with Glenavon’s Alan Blayney. Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye

Ten minutes into the second half Marshall missed a chance to add a fourth goal when he failed to get enough contact with the ball after O’Neill had lost Gareth McKeown’s long throw in the centre of the six yard box. On the hour mark Bradley’s free kick was well turned round the post by O’Neill.

McCutcheon then fired into the side netting in the 66th minute before another excellent save, this time with his feet, saw Blaney deflect Richard Clarke’s shot over the bar in the 72nd minute.

A minute later Kyle Neill’s drive drew a good save from O’Neill.

Caldwell capitalised on a shocking passage of play by Crusaders when O’Neill was caught way out of his area having received a throw in from Burns but the former Linfield full back’s attempted pass was intercepted by the Glenavon midfielder and he cooly slotted into the empty net from all of 25 yards with the Crues keeper out of his area and stranded to make it 4-1 with 76 minutes on the clock. That’s hopefully the first of many for Caldwell

Ciaran Caldwell celebrates after putting his side 4-1 up. Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye

Ciaran Caldwell celebrates after putting his side 4-1 up. Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye

Bradley could and should have made it five as yet again Glenavon caught the Crues on the break and McGrory’s perfect pass allowed the former Coleraine player to round O’Neill but he fired into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.

Crusaders: O’Neill, Burns, Magowan (c), Robinson, McClean (Hanley 61), Whyte, Caddell, Clarke, Heatley, McCutcheon, Owens (Adamson 57). Subs not used: Friars, O’Carroll, Snoddy.

Cautions: Caddell 20, Adamson 57, Magowan 59

Glenavon: Blaney, McKeown, Dillon, McNally (Murphy 68), Singleton, Marshall (McGrory 79), McCabe (c), Caldwell (Martyn 79), Neill, Braniff, Bradley. Subs not used: Kilmartin, Forsyth.

Cautions: Caldwell 20, Marshall 63, Blaney 74, Braniff 75, Singleton 90

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)

Preview: Crusaders v Glenavon

Eoin Bradley and Conor Dillon are available for selection in Glenavon’s first visit of the season to Seaview tomorrow (3pm kick off). Bradley is back from a holiday booked before he signed for Glenavon and Dillon returns from serving a one game ban after he was sent off in the League Cup game against Glentoran. Crusaders central defender Colin Coates is suspended for the game having racked up five cautions.

Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff  will start tomorrow. Photo by Alan Weir

Eoin Bradley and Kevin Braniff will start tomorrow. Photo by Alan Weir

A win for Stephen Baxter’s side could see them take top spot depending on the result from the Windsor Park showdown between the current leaders Linfield and the reigning Champions Cliftonville. On the other hand, a Glenavon win would see the Lurgan Blues leapfrog the hosts, an indication of just how tight this most intriguing of Danske Bank Premiership seasons has proven to be so far.

Gary Hamilton is well aware of how tough the task will be, and with a number of his players not being risked on the synthetic surface at Seaview, he will be making changes to the team from last week’s win against Warrenpoint. “We have to take care of our senior players and make sure we don’t lose them for a lengthy period. On the plus side, we’ve got a much stronger squad this season and there’s cover for every position,” the Glenavon boss told us. “We’ll be playing our normal 4-4-2 as we did against Cliftonville and Linfield earlier in the season. Last season we would maybe have played a 4-5-1 or a 5-4-1 but I feel we now have the quality to complete with all the top teams so we’ll stick to our usual formation which suits us. Crusaders have got a very good home record but I’m hoping our lads will take confidence from the performance and the result we got there last season and we’ll come away with a good result.”

As Gary mentioned, on the last visit to the Shore Road, back in February, he came away with a 2-2 draw, the goals coming from former Crusaders players Gareth McKeown and David Rainey (now at H&W Welders).

That was also the score-line at Mourneview Park in the first game this season, only a spectacular finish by Jordan Owens denying Glenavon all three points after goals by Bradley and Lindsay had seen the home side come back from an early Diarmuid O’Carroll strike.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Ross Dunlop Stephen Bell Ken Ross Steven Gregg

 

Sad News

Sad to have to report the passing of life-long supporter Billy Wilson who passed away in Craigavon Hospital on Wednesday. A member of the Triangle Glenavon Supporters Club since 1973, Billy was also the first team kit man for a spell in the seventies and early eighties. Funeral service is tomorrow, Friday, in St Columba’s Church, Loughgall Road, Portadown followed by interment in Lurgan Cemetery. Sincere condolences are sent to his widow Doris and the entire family circle at this very sad time.