Glenavon FC was delighted to be able to present a cheque to our chosen charity of the year, Care In Crisis. The Club is grateful to all those who generously contributed at the 125th Anniversary Gala Evening.
Many thanks to all our sponsors for Friday night’s game against Institute. The match sponsor was Tritex Core Company, based in Trim, Co. Meath; the Ball Sponsor was Ian Abraham, who unfortunately wasn’t able to be present, and the Glenavon Man of the Match Sponsor was Ross Follis whose choice was Shane McCabe.
A deserved but hard-fought three points, the third successive league win for Glenavon, which would have been much more comfortable had they taken a few more of the numerous chances created.
The opening goal came when Ciaran Caldwell stole in behind ‘Stute defender Peter Bradley to nod in Kevin Braniff’s cross to give Glenavon a 33rd minute lead.
Darren McFadden forced a good save from James McGrath five minutes before the interval after he was played in by lively winger Robbie Hume.
Hume equalised on the stroke of half time when McFadden cut the ball back and his well-struck low shot seemed to squirm under McGrath’s body.
Ciaran Martyn put Glenavon back in front ten minutes into the second half when he tucked away Kris Lindsay’s flick on from a Winkie Murphy free kick.
Hume saw his 62nd minute shot glance off the top of the Glenavon crossbar after he got on the end of Aaron Walsh’s ball into the box but four minutes later Paddy McLaughin had to clear Braniff’s in-swinging corner off the line with Lindsay’s follow up shot deflected for another corner.
Eoin Bradley’s superb cross-field pass released Braniff into the ‘Stute box in the 77th minute but he missed the target from 16 yards before Hume volleyed over from 8 yards two minutes later from a Stephen Curry cross from the right.
With six minutes remaining substitute Mark Patton raced down the left and cut the ball back to Caldwell just inside the box. He stepped inside his marker and fired a low shot that drew a great save from Saul Deeney and the visitors’ keeper made an even better save in stoppage time to deny the same player after substitute Declan O’Brien had set him up.
Glenavon (4-4-2): McGrath, Marshall, Murphy (c), Lindsay, Singleton, Caldwell, McCabe, Martyn, Neill, Braniff, Bradley. Subs: McKeown, Kelly, McGrory (Martyn 65), Patton (Neill 72), O’Brien (Bradley 88)
Cautions: Martyn 53, Caldwell 80
Institute (4-5-1): Deeney, McLaughlin (c), O’Donnell, D Curry, S Curry, McManus, Forker, Walsh, P Bradley, Hume, McFadden. Subs: Gallagher, McCrudden (Forker 72), Young, Burke, McKeever
Cautions: Walsh 12, P Bradley 63, McLaughlin 54
Referee: Ross Dunlop
Institute return to Mourneview Park for the second of two Friday night Danske Bank Premiership encounters between the sides. After securing a comfortable 4-1 win at Drumahoe in September, Glenavon needed a late equaliser from Gary Hamilton to gain a barely deserved point in the home game at the beginning of December. The ‘Stute goal-scorer on the night was Stephen O’Flynn who has since moved on to Crusaders.
With no wins in the last 12 league games, ‘Stute manager Paul Kee has seen his team slip to the bottom of the table on goal difference to Warrenpoint Town, the last team they won against, way back on October 17th. Glenavon is unbeaten in the last four games in all competitions.
Due to the League Cup Final taking place on Saturday Glentoran won’t be in action this weekend so a win for Glenavon would see them close the gap on The Oval side to just two points with next Tuesday’s re-arranged game at Coleraine holding the opportunity to leapfrog the Glens into 5th place. “At the moment we’re just concentrating on trying to cement our place in the top six. If we keep winning games we’ll see where that takes us, ” Gary told us on Thursday. Looking back to the 1-1 draw with the visitors he said “If truth be told, they should have beaten us on the night. Our performance wasn’t good enough and I’m looking for us to put in a much better performance and, with the right attitude and effort and if we take our chances that will give us the 3 points.”
Gary himself will miss out tomorrow as he has not recovered from playing on the 3G pitch in the Irish Cup tie at Moyola and Andy Kilmartin has the flu so he’s out as well, mainly to avoid the bug spreading to the rest of the squad. Defender Conor Dillon is serving a one game ban for picking up his 5th caution.
Not got a ticket for the Mega Draw yet? Why not join tomorrow night, either as an individual or in a group. Just speak to any director or call in at the club shop.
There are also still some shirt sponsorship opportunities including our latest signings Fabio O’Brien and Simon Kelly.
|Match Sponsor||Ball Sponsor||Man of the Match Sponsor|
|Tritex Cores||Ian Abraham||Ross Follis|
|Referee||Assistant 1||Assistant 2||4th Official|
|Ross Dunlop||Adrian Sobieski||Paul Berry||Jamie Robinson|