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Result: Coleraine 2-1 Glenavon

Glenavon team news: as expected, Gary Hamilton makes only the one enforced change to the team that beat Linfield last week, Paddy McNally coming in to the centre of defence to replace the suspended Kris Lindsay. Shane McCabe dons the captain’s armband and Kyle Neill, Eoin Bradley, Rhys Marshall and Ciaran Martyn return from injury to take their place on the bench.

Andy McGrory put Glenavon ahead in the 8th minute with a well-judged chip over Michael Doherty after he was played in by Andy Kilmartin.

There was a large element of luck about the Coleraine equaliser in the 23rd minute as Neill McCafferty’s 25 yards shot took a wicked deflection that left Alan Blaney stranded.

Coleraine will be wondering how they didn’t put the ball in the net in the 31st minute after Blaney saved Gary Browne’s header and his follow up shot and a succession of shots from Parkhill and McGinty were blocked by Glenavon defenders.

Darren Forsyth did well five minutes later when he cut along the byeline and squared the ball across the area. Ciaran Caldwell slipped a pass to McNally and his shot took a deflection that was kind to Doherty as the ball looped gently into his gloves.

Ten minutes into the second half Blaney had to be alert to tip over a lob from Browne but a minmute later he was beaten from the penalty spot by McCafferty after McNally was adjudged to ave fouled Ian Parkhill.

Gary Hamilton threw on Eoin Bradley and Ciaran Martyn in the 63rd minute but he himslef went closest to grabbing a point when his 75th minute overhead kick flashed narrowly wide after the Bannsiders skipper David Ogilby had made a rare mistake as he misdjudged a cross and his header dropped for the Glenavon player-manager.

Bradley could have equalised foour minutes later when he broke through onto a pass but a moment’s hesitation before he shot allowed young fullback Adam Mullan to get in a vital block.

Coleraine: Doherty, Douglas, Ogilby (c), McCafferty, Browne, Harkin, McGinty, Canning, Mullan, Parkhill (Miskimin 87), McCauley (Hegarty 80). Subs: Hegarty, Watt, Miskimmin, Kane, Lyons

Glenavon: Blaney, McKeown, Dillon, McNally, Singleton, Caldwell, Kilmartin (Martyn 63), McCabe (c), McGrory, Forsyth (Bradley 63), Braniff (Hamilton 73). Subs: Neill, Hamilton, Bradley, Marshall, Martyn


Preview: Coleraine v Glenavon

Glenavon skipper Kris Lindsay is suspended for the trip to the northwest tomorrow as the Lurgan Blues look to build on the superb performance and a well-deserved victory at Windsor Park last Saturday. Gary Hamilton intends to stick to his usual policy and the only change to the winning side will be Lindsay’s replacement, with Paddy McNally looking most likely to step in. The former Cliftonville and Celtic defender did well after he replaced striker Darren Forsyth to plug the gap in the defence following Lindsay’s dismissal.

Ciaran Martyn scored four goals against the Bannsiders last season. Photo by Brian Bain

Ciaran Martyn scored four goals against the Bannsiders last season. Photo by Brian Bain

The big frontman also put in a sterling performance and seems to have settled in well after a disappointing debut in the Mid-Ulster derby defeat the week before.

Gary is hoping to have Eoin Bradley, William Murphy, Kyle Neill, Rhys Marshall and Ciaran Martyn all available to him after they came through training on Thursday night.

The Glenavon manager is wary of any complacency and certainly Glenavon’s record at the Showgrounds is less than impressive, having lost on the last three visits. “By all accounts Coleraine were very unfortunate last week to lose to Ballymena,” Gary told the Lurgan Mail this week. “Our away form is excellent and we want to keep it going. It has been a tough place for us to get a result, we have not won there since I took over so maybe we can put that right on Saturday,” he added.

Last season at the Showgrounds two goals from Ciaran Martyn had put the Lurgan Blues ahead after being a goal down but late goals by Eoin Bradley and Stephen Carson saw the Bannsiders snatch all three points. Glenavon won the home fixture 3-1 thanks to another brace from Martyn and a Davy Rainey goal.

Anyone not able to make the trip to Coleraine may wish to note that our Reserves are at home to Coleraine Reserves on Saturday at Mourneview Park, kick off at 2.00 pm. Your support would be welcomed by Pete Batey and his team.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Tim Marshall David Anderson Stephen McCready John Deighan


News Snippets


The Mid Ulster FA Women’s Cup Final between Mid Ulster Ladies from the Premier League and Championship side Lakeview Lakers takes place this Friday night at Stangmore Park, Dungannon. The final, which is being sponsored by Danske Bank, kicks off at 7:30 pm. Admission prices are £4 Adult and £2 Concession.


Glenavon Reserves 2  Linfield Swifts 3.

Kevin Shortt was on target twice for Pete Batey’s side to give them a 2-1 lead in the first half but the unbeaten table-toppers came back in the second half to claim all three points.