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Four changes to Glenavon’s starting line up – out: Kilmartin, McGrath, Mulvenna, Lindsay. In: McCabe, Martyn, McKeown, Blaney
Martyn put Glenavon ahead in the 8th minute with a calm sidefoot finish from the edge of the box from Eoin Bradley’s cutback. This was just reward for a great start by the Lurgan Blues who put the hosts under pressure from the kick off. Bradley had already seen a left foot shot brush the foot of the post after good work by Guy Bates and a very late whistle from Referee Andrew Davey denied Bradley after he had outmuscled Marc Smyth. Initially the ref seemed to be happy to let Bradley play on but possible the 4th official had intervened on the intercom.
Joe Gormley levelled ten minutes later with Kyle Neill claiming he had been fouled in the build up. Before that Andy McGrory had hit the side netting from a tight angle and Bradley had fired a dipping left foot shot just over the bar.
Gormley put the champions in front in the 22nd minute after Blaney saved Chris Curran’s shot but the ball fell to the Reds striker at the back post who hammered it into the roof of the net.
Bradley’s 48th minute chip hit the top of Devlin’s bar. Blaney saved from Curran’s 52nd minute shot and Martyn forced a save from Devlin when he nodded down Braniff’s 54th minute free kick.
Conor Dillon had to go off with an ankle injury in the 58th minute, Eddie McCallion replacing him.
In the 65th minute David McDaid scored his first Solitude goal when he outfoxed McKeown and evaded Neill’s challenge to get on the end of a long free kick by Reds keeper Devlin and slid the ball under Blaney. The reason for the free kick was not at all clear, initially a throw in having been awarded to Glenavon.
Martyn gave the visitors some late hope when he tucked away a right foot shot after Bradley showed a great touch to take down Blaney’s kick out before laying it round the corner for Martyn to take in his stride.
Gary Hamilton almost earned a point for his side when he saw his 85th minute free kick come back off the bar with Devlin rooted to the spot and McGrory headed the rebound over.
Unbelievably, the Lurgan Blues did earn that point and it came thanks to a third goal of the game for Ciaran Martyn, the big midfielder stabbing in from close range after Adam Foley touched on Hamilton’s quick throw in.
If you’re a manager looking for a reaction from your team after a disappointing performance there’s no better game to have the next week than a trip to the reigning champions. At least that’s Gary Hamilton’s view as he looks ahead to Saturday’s Dankse Bank Premiership game at Solitude. “The lads have trained hard this week and really worked their socks off and we’re hoping they’ll have got last week’s performance out of their system. Cliftonville are a team who are formidable at home and they’ll be favourites to win the league again this year so it’ll be a tough one. We’ve been coming closer over the last few years to getting something out of the games at Solitude.
“Hopefully, with there being no expectation of us winning, the boys will go out and get something from the game. We will go there and try and take something from the game as we always do.”
Speaking about the arrival of Ciaran Caldwell, Gary said “He’s a player I’ve always admired and he’s the type of midfielder I like; one who can get in the opponents box and score goals. He’s hungry to play regularly and I’ve no doubt he will improve us; he’s at a great age and hopefully he will be at Mourneview for years to come.
“I’d like to wish Tiarnan (Mulvenna) all the best in the future. He’s been a great lad to work with in the time he was with us.”
Gary welcomes back Shane McCabe and Ciaran Martyn to the squad but Kris Lindsay is missing tomorrow due to work commitments and James Singleton (thigh) and Mark Patton (back) are still out injured. Winkie Murphy and Gareth McKeown are also available to the manager after both completed suspensions.
Caldwell will not feature against his old side tomorrow as the formalities were not completed in time but he may be available for Monday’s WASP Solutions League Cup game with Lisburn Distillery.
Referee: Andrew Davey Assistants: Kristian Hanna, Mark O’Brien 4th Official: Ian McNabb
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.
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,
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.