Coleraine Game – PSNI/GFC Appeal



‘On Saturday 27th September 2104, Glenavon FC travelled to Coleraine for an Irish League tie.  Unfortunately, following the match a small group of individuals wearing Glenavon colours were involved in an altercation adjacent to Coleraine Railway Station where a 15 year old was head butted, knocked unconscious and as a result sustained injuries to his face.  Glenavon FC is totally disgusted by this incident and in addition to bringing the assailant(s) to justice we also want to protect the good name of the club and fans by asking for your help in identifying the individuals involved by contacting the PSNI on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Quote Ref: 8802709.  DMCB’.


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

Preview: Ballymena Utd. v Glenavon

Danske Bank Premiership Match 14

Glenavon hits the road again this Saturday for the first visit of the season to Ballymena United’s Warden Street home as Gary Hamilton looks for more of the same following last weekend’s superb 4-1 win at Seaview. “We know it won’t be an easy game and we need to show the same spirit and determination that we did against Crusaders. We’ve been stressing to the players that we must follow up a good result with another good performance and a good result. After we beat Linfield we went to Coleraine and lost so we’ve got to avoid that and make sure everybody is up for the game tomorrow. We have to strive for consistency and if we give a good performance we can come away with the three points,” Gary told us.

Gary is expecting a tough game as Glenn Ferguson looks to get back to winning ways the Sky Blues not having won in the League since September 20th when they triumphed 2-1 against derby rivals Coleraine. United led for over an hour of last week’s game at Shamrock Park but a red card for defender Johnny Taylor and defensive lapses allowed Portadown to score two late goals to complete a comeback victory.

The previous meeting between the sides this season was a tight game with Glenavon just edging it 2-1 at Mourneview Park. That was an eventful game with Guy Bates bidding farewell to the home fans before leaving for Australia and Shane McCabe and Allan Jenkins both sent off by Referee Raymond Hetherington, a decision he later admitted was wrong.

Taylor serves an automatic suspension following his red card and Mark Surgenor completes a two game ban for the Sky Blues. Gary Hamilton should have a full squad available to select from with everyone reporting for training last night, barring Mark Patton who is due to have an injection for his back problem.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Tim Marshall Richard Storey David Anderson Chris Morrison


Reserves Hit Crues for Six

Glenavon Reserves 6-0 Crusaders Reserves

A mixture of youth and experience triumphed at Mourneview Park last night as goals from Martyn (2), McNamee, Doherty, Lavery and Freeland secured a 6 nil victory for Pete Batey’s side. An excellent victory made all the more impressive by the fact that three of our goal scorers are aged 16 or under.

NIFL Trials Friday Night Games

NIFL Press Release


Following on from the findings of the UEFA led consultation that took place earlier this year, the NI Football League have made the decision to trial Friday night football for one fixture in various weeks throughout November and December.

The Premiership Management Committee signed off on the initiative at a meeting last night and NIFL Marketing and Communications Manager Graeme Beggs thinks that now is the right time to trial the proposed changes.

“One of the findings that came out of our consultation with clubs, fans, media and sponsors was that playing more football away from Saturday afternoon was something that the NI Football League should seriously consider,” said Beggs.

“Attendances have already shown an increase this season compared to the same period last season and although we are obviously delighted with this, Friday night football was always on our radar as this was very clearly shown in the fan survey in particular.

“Of the football fans who stated that they would prefer local games to be played on a Friday night, the vast majority were lapsed fans or non-attendees of local football, with the most common reason for being that those playing amateur football on a Saturday can attend.

“We want to get more football fans through our turnstiles and only by having an extended trial for Friday night games can we fully assess the success of the initiative.”

The Danske Bank Premiership fixtures that have been moved to Friday nights are:

Friday, 7 November 2014 – Cliftonville v Warrenpoint Town
Friday, 21 November 2014 – Crusaders v Coleraine
Friday, 28 November 2014 – Dungannon Swifts v Glenavon
Friday, 5 December 2014 – Glenavon v Institute
Friday, 12 December 2014 – Warrenpoint Town v Portadown


As previously announced on this website, Glenavon had already moved the game against Institute to the Friday night. The NIFL initiative now means the previous week’s game with Dungannon Swifts will also be on a Friday night.