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