MU Cup: Glenavon 6-1 Valley Rangers

Andy Hoey nods in the opening goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

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 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 Baillie looks on helplessly as Lavery's curling sot sneaks in off the inside of his post. Photo by Alan Weir.

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.

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

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.

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

Lotto: 9, 11, 16, 18

Close, but no cigar! Ten people managed to match three of this week’s numbers but no-one was able to predict all four so the money rolls over yet again and next week’s bumper Jackpot is worth £6700.

The Jackpot has possibly now reached a new record in the Glenavon FC Lottery, the previous record win being £6600 back in October 2008 when Niall Hudson, then a Glenavon player, scooped the big prize.

Glenavon Defender Niall Hudson receives his £6600 Jackpot Prize from Glenavon Lottery Committee members Stevie Campbell, Davy Maguire and Ian Irwin.

Glenavon Defender Niall Hudson receives his £6600 Jackpot Prize from Glenavon Lottery Committee members Stevie Campbell, Davy Maguire and Ian Irwin.

Mid-Ulster Cup (Tuesday)

Glenavon host Valley Rangers FC in Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup Second Round game, kick off 7:45pm. Admission will be £5 and £3 concession and Season Tickets are not valid.

Rangers, who play in the Intermediate B section of the Mid-Ulster League, are based at Bignian Park in Kilkeel. They’re unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions, having defeated Craigavon City 4-2 away in Round 1 of this competition. They also won their last four League games scoring an incredible total of 22 goals whilst only conceding two!

Glenavon coach Nigel Law, speaking after Saturday’s victory at the Ballymena Showgrounds, told us that Glenavon will field a strong side consisting of the experienced players who need game time with a number of the exciting younger players in the development squad. “We’ll put out a side that is well capable of seeing us progress to the next round,” Nigel said.

Reserves Win Again

Glenavon Reserves followed up the midweek thrashing of Crusaders Reserves with an excellent 3-2 win away to Glentoran IIs. This was the Reserves third win in a row, with goals from Adam Foley, Tony McNamee and Martin O’Lali securing the victory.

A special mention also for our Thirds who recorded their first victory of the season in the NIFL Youth League Section A with a resounding 7-1 success against Dungannon Swifts Youth. A good day all round for our senior teams!

Result: Ballymena Utd 1-4 Glenavon

No changes in the starting lineup for Glenavon but player-manager Gary Hamilton names himself among the substitutes.

Kevin Braniff tried his luck with a right foot shot in the 8th minute from 20 yards but Dwayne Nelson was happy to watch it flash past the foot of his left hand post.

Four minutes later Alan Blaney made a comfortable save from Alan Davidson’s weak left foot shot from the edge of the area after the ball broke for the ex-Glenavon midfielder.

David Cushley in action against Glenavon's Conor Dillon. Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye

David Cushley in action against Glenavon’s Conor Dillon. Pic by John McIlwaine-Press Eye

There was a flashpoint in the 15th minute that kicked off with a poor tackle by David Cushley on Braniff and when the crowd of players that formed was eventually cleared Referee Tim Marshall saw fit to caution Cushley and Shane McCabe. The latter appeared hard done by as he seemed to trying to separate the players involved in the scuffle.

On the half hour mark  a low whipped Ally Teggart cross flew across the 6 yard area and Matt Tipton, sliding in at the back post, just failed to make contact. Four minutes later Gawley got on the end of a pass from Teggart but his rising shot at the near post cleared the bar.

Kyle Neill ceelbrates after scoring in the final minute of the opening half.  Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye

Kyle Neill celebrates after opening the scoring in the final minute of the first half. Pic by John McIlwaine-Press Eye

The deadlock in a largely disappointing first half was finally broken in the last minute. McCabe had won the ball in a challenge in the centre circle against Gavin Taggart and Braniff cleverly flicked it out to Eoin Bradley on the right wing. An unmarked Kyle Neill was able to run onto his cross and smash a left foot shot past the helpless Nelson to give the visitors a half time lead.

Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye Glenavon's Ciaran Caldwell in action against Ballymena's Gavin Taggart

Glenavon’s Ciaran Caldwell in action against Ballymena’s Gavin Taggart. Pic by John McIlwaine-Press Eye

Blaney had to recover quickly to deny Kyle McVey early in the second half after he failed to deal with a cross into the six yard box but his quick reactions saw him make a vital save on the goal line.

Bradley doubled the lead 9 minutes into the second half when he burst past Davy Munster and McVey onto a ball out of defence by Paddy McNally that was flicked on by Braniff. The ex-Coleraine striker took one touch before blasting his left foot shot past Nelson.

 Eoin Bradley celebrates after scoring Glenavon's second goal.  Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye

Eoin Bradley celebrates after scoring Glenavon’s second goal. Pic by John McIlwaine-Press Eye

Glenavon’s third goal was a comedy of errors for Dwayne Nelson. First he kicked his clearance against Rhys Marshall then, as the ball spun up in the air he contrived to drop it at Marshall’s feet who was left with the simple task of walking the ball into the empty net.

Rhys Marshall rounds Balllymena goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson to score Glenavon's third goal. Pic by John McIwaine-Press Eye

Rhys Marshall rounds Balllymena goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson to score Glenavon’s third goal. Pic by John McIlwaine-Press Eye

The fourth goal was pure class, however, with Hamilton and fellow substitute Andy McGrory playing a one-two before the boss curled a right foot shot past Nelson from a tight angle.

Allan Jenkins headed a late consolation for the hosts from a cross to the far post by Tipton but in the end it couldn’t detract from another excellent away day performance by Gary Hamilton’s side.

Ballymena Utd.: Nelson, McCullagh, McVey, Munster, McBride (Boyce 57), Gawley, Davidson (Jenkins 57), Taggart (McCaul 71), Teggart, Cushley, Tipton. Subs not used: Stewart, Ruddy

Cautions: Cushley 15, Gawley 28, Taggart 64, McCaul 90

Glenavon: Blaney, McKeown, Dillon, McNally (Murphy 68), Singleton (Martyn 85), Marshall , McCabe (c), Caldwell, Neill (McGrory 80), Braniff, Bradley (Hamilton 72). Subs not used: Kilmartin, Murphy.

Cautions: McCabe 15, Bradley 35, Hamilton 72

Referee: Tim Marshall