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Reds and Blues in Player Swap Deal

Following hectic activity over the past 48 hours or so we can confirm that Glenavon and Cliftonville have agreed a player exchange which has just been finalised today (Friday).

Glenavon striker Tiarnan Mulvenna will be joining Cliftonville and Reds midfielder Ciaran Caldwell is coming to Glenavon in a straight exchange.

Photo (c) Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Ciaran Caldwell – Photo (c) Russell Pritchard / Presseye

Midfielder Caldwell, who is 24 years old, has agreed a two year deal with the Lurgan Blues. Coincidentally, his uncle Brendan Tully played for Glenavon in the early 1980′s,

League Cup Second Round Update

The WASP Solutions League Cup second round draw saw Lisburn Distillery first out of the hat against Glenavon but the game will be played at Mourneview Park as the Whites have no floodlighting at Ballyskeagh.

In the absence of confirmation from UEFA providing permission to play the League Cup matches on Tuesday 26 August the game will be played on Monday 25th August, kick off 7:45 pm.

Matches will be played to a finish, should the score be equal after 90 minutes, extra time of 15 minutes each way shall be played and penalties if necessary.

Admission prices will be £8 and £5. Season tickets are not valid for this game. As this is a shared gate we are unable to offer free admissions.

Result: Glenavon 0-2 Dungannon Swifts

Two enforced changes for Gary Hamilton with Shane McCabe unavailable due to work commitments and James Singleton out with a thigh strain; he brings Tiarnan Mulvenna and Andy McGrory in from the start.

Only Guy Bates escaped criticism by Gary Hamilton after the defeat to Dungannon Swifts in which his players “failed to carry out the instructions” they had been given. Gary Ellis got the Glenavon manager’s views after the game..Gary on defeat tile

Yet again Dungannon got the first goal in a game between the two Mid-Ulster sides, ex-Glenavon striker Gary Liggett scoring with a 9th minute header from Josh Barton’s cross. Barton himself should have scored in the 3rd minute when he was clean through but fired horribly wide from the edge of the box.

Calamitous defending two minutes later with James McGrath coming way out of his area to try to cut out a through ball down Dungannon’s left saw the visitors double the lead as Liggett got to the ball first and cut it back to the edge of the box where Ryan Harpur had time and space to hit the back of the net with a right foot shot despite Kyle Neill’s attempt to block it on the line.

Andy McGrory had  a shot turned away for a corner by Andy Coleman in the 17th minute and just after the half hour Bates played a neat pass inside the Swifts right back for the run of Bradley but he saw his shot well saved by Coleman.

Andy Coleman saves from Eoin Bradley. Photo by Brian Bain.

Andy Coleman saves from Eoin Bradley. Photo by Brian Bain.

On the stroke of half time McGrory wasted a great chance to pull a goal back when he fired over from 6 yards following a cutback from Mulvenna who had been picked out by a cross field pass from Guy Bates. In stoppage time Eoin Bradley broke clear but fired straight into the chest of Andy Coleman. There was still time for Harpur to force a great save by McGrath after he hit a swerving free kick from 25 yards.

Andy McGrory got this effort all wrong. Photo by Brian Bain.

Andy McGrory got this effort all wrong. Photo by Brian Bain.

Hamilton replaced Mulvenna for the start of the second half but even when Glenavon created an opening the final shot always seemed to go straight to the keeper. In fact Liggett and another ex-Glenavon striker Andrew Mitchell both contrived to fire over the bar from close range when it looked easier to score and extend the visitors’ lead.

Glenavon: McGrath, Marshall, Dillon, Lindsay (c), Neill, Bradley (Hoey 81), Kilmartin (Foley 69), McGrory, Mulvenna (Hamilton 45), Braniff, Bates. Subs not used: McCallion, Blackledge

Cautions: Hamilton 55, Lindsay 58, Dillon 65

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, McCullough, McCaffrey, McCashin, Grieve, Barton (Hutchinson 48), Harpur, Fitzpatrick (Hazley 66), Sanusi (Mitchell 80), Glackin, Liggett Subs not used: Lowe, Tomelty

Cautions: Liggett 42, McCullough 49

Referee: Raymond Crangle

The Triangle SC sponsored the match,. From L-R Henry Aiken, Freddie Shields, Bobby Livingstone, Jimmy Uprichard, Glenavon Directors Leigh Livingstone and Trevor Harvey, Roly Lyons.

The Triangle SC sponsored the match. From L-R Henry Aiken, Freddie Shields, Bobby Livingstone, Jimmy Uprichard, Glenavon Directors Leigh Livingstone and Trevor Harvey, Roly Lyons.

Kyle Neill was chosen as the Glenavon Man of the match by the two sponsors Claire Hall and Deborah Templeton. Photo by Brian Bain.

Kyle Neill was chosen as the Glenavon Man of the match by the two sponsors Claire Hall and Deborah Templeton. Photo by Brian Bain.