CupFinalShirtGlenavon Football Club is pleased to announce the launch of the popular Shirt Sponsorship scheme for the 2014/15 season. The scheme provides supporters, supporters clubs and local businesses with the opportunity to sponsor a player’s home or away shirt for the season. Click here to see which shirts are available.

The cost is again £75. For this you receive recognition on the club website and will also be presented with the shirt at an end of season function. If you are interested contact the club office on 02838322472, John Sinnamon 07711737512 or any director.

Shirts will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Payment can either be made by cheque, made payable to Glenavon Football Club, or by cash. Club offices are open from 9:30 to 12 noon each day. Thank you for your support.

FT: Linfield 0-1 Glenavon

Out for Glenavon were Kyle Neill, Ciaran Martyn, Rhys Marshall and Eoin Bradley.

Kevin Braniff opened the scoring four minutes from the interval with a 25 yard free kick into the top corner after Referee Arnold Hunter penalised Seanas Clucas for handling an Andy McGrory shot.

Alan Weir's great picture captures the moment when Kevin Braniff's free kick beats Jonathan Tuffey's despairing dive.

Alan Weir’s great picture captures the moment when Kevin Braniff’s free kick beats Jonathan Tuffey’s despairing dive.

Kevin Braniff celebrates what proved to be the winning goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Kevin Braniff celebrates what proved to be the winning goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

That goal proved enough for the excellent Lurgan Blues against an out of sorts Linfield side. Even the dismissal of Kris Lindsay in the 71st minute for a second caution couldn’t deprive Gary Hamilton’s side of the three points.

Andy McGrory had spurned a great chance to double the lead early in the second half when he shot inches wide after Braniff had crossed to Darren Forsyth from a throwing down into the right corner by Gareth McKeown. The big striker squared the ball to an unmarked McGrory but he put his shot just off target.

Andy McGrory hits a strike. Photo by Alan Weir.

Andy McGrory hits a strike. Photo by Alan Weir.

Linfield could have equalised in the 74th minute but for an incredible goal line clearance by Paddy McNally who had just come on for Forsyth in the wake of the Lindsay dismissal.

Ciaran Caldwell was also unlucky on a couple of occasions, first he almost forced the ball in after Jonathan Tuffey misjudged a high cross by McGrory and then he hit the crossbar with a shot after he turned inside the box onto a throw in by James Singleton.

A very happy Glenavon crowd. Photo by Alan Weir.

A very happy Glenavon crowd. Photo by Alan Weir.

Linfield: Tuffey, Richards, Haughey (c), Callacher, Lowry, Carvill,Burns, Clarke,Morrow, Sproule, Clucas. Subs: Glendinning (GK), Hegarty, Waterworth (Morrow 46), Thompson (Burns 64), Millar (Callacher 46)

Glenavon: Blaney, McKeown, Dillon, Lindsay (c), Singleton, Kilmartin, McCabe, Caldwell, McGrory, Braniff, Forsyth. Subs: McCallion, Hamilton (Braniff 90+3), McNally (Forsyth 72), Hoey, McNamee (McKeown 89).

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge)

Post-match quotes

Kevin Braniff “To get a result here is obviously massive but we set out to get the three points; we’d have went away with a point but to get the three points is massive for us. I thought we played really well; we kept the ball well and, I think for pretty much most of the game, until Kris got sent off, we bossed the game, in my opinion.

“There were a few arguments with me and Shane about who was going to take the free kick but I stood my ground and managed to put it in!

“It was excellent, defensively from the team, holding out for the last 20 minutes with ten men, especially here, with the amount of pressure they put on us, it was a massive performance.

“Last week was disappointing for my own personal reasons and also for the team but to come here and get the three points today, you can’t ask for much more.

“Its taken me a little bit of time to settle in to the way the team are playing and getting used to things. Personally, I feel I haven’t been playing up to the way I want to be but today I felt I was getting to where I want to be.”

Nigel Law: “There was a lot of talk pre-season about can we build with Kevin and recruiting some key players in the summer and can we build on the Irish Cup. For us, we said we want to stay a top six club; we want to establish ourselves there. We don’t want to be a club, maybe the likes of Coleraine or Ballinamallard who’ve been up there then dropped out. We want to just keep improving. The big thing for us at the minute is to improve our home form and be a wee bit harder to beat at home. We’re unbeaten away from home but at home we’ve let a couple of games slip, the Mid-Ulster derbies, both of them. If we can do that we’ll amass enough points to improve on last year.”

Young Players in International Squad

Congratulations to two of our most promising young players Matty Smyth and Conor  McKendry who are  currently in Slovenia with the Northern Ireland under 17 squad.

The squad is taking part in a mini tournament which acts as a qualifying  group for the next European Championship. Both defender Matty and striker Conor featured in to-day’s 3-0 defeat against Portugal. Next up for Stephen Robinson’s young side are games against Turkey on Sunday followed by a match against the hosts, Slovenia, on Wednesday. Although still only 15 Conor made his debut for the Reserves last week scoring the first goal in their 3-1 victory over Portadown in the mini Mid-Ulster derby. We wish both Matty and Conor well for the remainder of the tournament.

Preview: Linfield v Glenavon

Glenavon’s trip on Saturday to Windsor Park will just be Linfield’s second home game of the season as the refurbishments at the stadium continue. Glenavon fans are reminded of the arrangements in place for tomorrow’s game:

Entry to the Kop Stand will be by using demountable turnstiles, lines of barriers, as there are no turnstiles available due to redevelopment work.There will be a ticket selling outlet in Midgley Park where a match day ticket can be bought before entry to the turnstile area. Admission to the stand will be by this ticket method only – no cash will be accepted at the turnstiles. More details here.

Gary Hamilton welcomes back James Singleton, Andy McGrory and Conor Dillon from injury and Paddy McNally is available after his debut was delayed by an injury in training. It’s not all good news though as the injury list now includes Ciaran Martyn, Winkie Murphy (hamstring), Rhys Marshall (back), Kyle Neill (calf) Eoin Bradley (hamstring) and Mark Patton (back). Adam Foley is still working his way back to fitness with the Reserves.

“Eoin should be back for the trip to Coleraine next week, or the home game against Glentoran the week after, at the latest,” Gary told us. He explained that, when he signed him from Coleraine, he had reached an agreement with Bradley that he would be able to play in the GAA Championship. “It was a condition that we agreed to and otherwise he wouldn’t have signed for us. I feel it’s much better to have a player of Eoin’s calibre for 30-35 games of the season rather than an average player for 40 games.There are pros and cons but I feel the pros outweigh the cons. It was just unfortunate that his GAA game coincided with a derby game for us.”

Looking ahead to the trip tomorrow Gary said “It’s never easy going to Windsor and having to do it with key players who have been on form recently doesn’t make it any easier. Kyle Neill has been one of our most consistent performers this season, Rhys has been an important cog in our defence and weighed in with goals and Ciaran has 5 goals from midfield so we’ll miss them. It doesn’t make the task any easier but it gives the players who come in the chance to stake a claim for a place. They know that, at Glenavon, if you do well, you’ll keep the shirt so hopefully everyone will put in a performance and we’ll get a result.

“In other seasons we’ve played really, really well at Windsor but got nothing for our efforts. If we get the rub of the green I’m confident we can take something from the game.”

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Arnold Hunter Richard Storey Gareth Eakin Raymond Crangle


International action at Mourneview

Final score: Northern Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands

Rachel Furness – 21, 90 mins
Julie Nelson – 52 mins

Northern Ireland starting line-up: Emma Higgins;Demi Vance; Lynda Shepherd; Julie Nelson; Ashley Hutton; Alex Hurst; Aimee Mackin; Nadene Caldwell; Marissa Callaghan;Simone Magill; Rachel Furness.

Subs: Tiarna McKenna;Sarah Connolly; Lindsay Corry; Lisa Armour; Clare Timoney; Laura Rafferty; Danielle McDowell.

Tonight Northern Ireland’s women conclude their World Cup qualifying campaign with a game against the Faroe Islands. Kick-off is 7.30pm with free admission.
There is also pre-match entertainment starting at 6.30pm with face painting, balloon making and stilt walkers. You don’t get that with the Champions League!