Friday Night’s Sponsors

Glenavon FC is extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors. For Friday night’s game against Glentoran we had the return of two of our regular sponsors in the form of Match Sponsors Lockton Insurance and Man of the Match Sponsor Trader D’s Butchers. Our Ball sponsor represents a unique first for the Club with the sponsorship being provided by St. John’s Church of Ireland, Sloan Street Lurgan.

Lockton Insurance representatives Gary Ennis (L) and Nigel Sloan with Glenavon Treasurer Frazer Follis. Photo by Brian Bain.

Lockton Insurance representatives Gary Ennis (L) and Nigel Sloan with Glenavon Treasurer Frazer Follis. Photo by Brian Bain.

John Wylie presents the cheque for Ball Sponsorship to Glenavon Director with Glenavon Chaplain Paul Whittaker and Rector of St. John's, Reverend John White. Photo by Brian Bain.

John Wylie presents the cheque for Ball Sponsorship to Glenavon Director Eddie Drury with Glenavon Chaplain Paul Whittaker and Rector of St. John’s, Reverend John White. Photo by Brian Bain.

Dessie Hilary of Trader D's Butchers congratulates James Singleton after he chose him as Man of the Match. Also pictured is Noel Hayes. Photo by Brian Bain.

Dessie Hilary of Trader D’s Butchers congratulates James Singleton after he chose him as Man of the Match. Also pictured is Noel Hayes. Photo by Brian Bain.

 

Glenavon Sign Kyle Buckley

With the news that Ciaran Martyn will be out of action for the next 4-6 months as he will be having an Achilles operation on Monday, Gary Hamilton has moved swiftly to sign 24 year old left back/midfielder Kyle Buckley from Ards.

Photo by Brian Bain

Photo by Brian Bain

Previously at Ballyclare Comrades with the Club’s other most recent signing Joel Cooper, Buckley comes highly recommended by Jim Magilton. The two players also featured in the Regions Cup team for Northern Ireland and they already have a good understanding of each others game having played regularly together at Ballyclare.

Interviews to follow.

Result: Glenavon 0-0 Glentoran

Conor Dillon comes in to the starting lineup to replace the injured David Elebert in the only change for Glenavon. One change also for the Glens with Steven Gordon replacing Fra McCaffrey who starts on the bench.

Although this scoreless draw has earned Glenavon the first home point in the league, fans, players and coaching staff were left scratching their heads at the end of the 90 minutes, wondering how on earth it wasn’t the first home win of the season. It must have felt almost like a defeat in the home dressing room after the game whilst in the visitors’ camp, it will feel like a win!

With the visitors first effort not coming until after 30 minutes on the clock there had only been one team in it and that was emphatically Glenavon. Rhys Marshall saw his header tipped onto the bar by Aaron Hogg from an 11th minute Andy Hall corner. The young fullback had already seen another effort cleared off the line in the 5th minute from a Kyle Neill corner.

Rhys Marshall goes for a header against Glens keeper Aaron Hogg. Photo by Alan Weir

Rhys Marshall goes for a header against Glens keeper Aaron Hogg. Photo by Alan Weir

Joel Cooper had a shot blocked and his follow up from the rebound was cleared off the line in the 12th minute.

Eoin Bradley went closest to opening the scoring in the first half when he was picked out in the box by a great ball from Andy Kilmartin. The striker was unlucky when he saw his header beat Hogg only to rebound off the far post.

Five minutes before the break a quick Glens counterattack released Conor McMenamin and his low shot was saved by Jonny Tuffey at the expense of a corner. Curtis Allen then had a back header loop over the bar after a sliced clearance by Kilmartin fell to him in the Glenavon box.

Steven Gordon (22) keeps a close eye on Joel Cooper. Photo by Alan Weir

Steven Gordon (22) keeps a close eye on Joel Cooper. Photo by Alan Weir

The visitors had a couple of half chances in the first 5 minutes of the second period but Cooper must be wondering how he didn’t score from inside the six yard box in the 53rd minute when he fired over from a low Hall cross that was missed by three defenders.

Tuffey made a great save in the 68th minute to claw away Marcus Kane’s header after he rose at the far post to direct David Scullion’s corner back towards the opposite post.

Four minutes from time it could all have gone wrong for Glenavon as a ball into the box was well controlled by Steven Gordon and he was able to get away a shot which smashed into the chest of Tuffey before being cleared by Kris Lindsay.

James Singleton, voted as Glenavon's Man of the Match, is relishing his new role in the central midfield. Photo by Alan Weir

James Singleton, voted as Glenavon’s Man of the Match, is relishing his new role in the central midfield. Photo by Alan Weir

Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Dillon, Lindsay (c), Neill (Kelly 79), Hall, Kilmartin,  Singleton, Cooper (Patton 74), Braniff (Hamilton 75), Bradley. Subs not used: McGrory, O’Brien

Cautions: Neill 76, Marshall 88

Glentoran: Hogg, Holland, Birney, Addis, Kane, McAlorum (c), McMenamin, Scullion (McCaffrey 72), Nelson (Gibson 85), Gordon, Allen. Subs not used: Garrett, Magee, McCullough

Cautions: Holland 8, Gordon 11, Addis 39

Referee: Arnold Hunter

Preview: Glenavon v Glentoran (Fri)

Friday Night Glenavon v GlentoranGary Hamilton is hopeful of picking up his first home league points on Friday night as Mourneview Park hosts a Glentoran team coming to terms with life without Jordan Stewart who has joined Swindon Town on a two year deal.

The teams met each other five times last season with four league games and a third round League Cup match which the Glens won 5-1 at Mourneview Park after Glenavon’s goal scorer on the night, Conor Dillon, was harshly sent off for a hand ball in the box. In the league games it was three wins to Glenavon and one to the Glens. With an average of 4.4 goals in games between the sides last season, Friday night should provide plenty of entertainment. The game kicks off at 7:45 pm.

Hamilton was pleased with the performance last Saturday against the champions Crusaders and felt that Glenavon deserved at least a point but an unfortunate own-goal handed all three points to the Crues. “If the boys play and perform like they did against Crusaders then we’ve every chance. Crusaders won the league at a canter last season and we weren’t far away from them last week so hopefully we can pick up the points against Glentoran on Friday night,” Gary said.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Arnold Hunter Gareth Eakin Richard Storey Damien Basketfield

Our Sponsors

The Match Sponsor is Lockton Insurance. Lockton is the world’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firm. The Belfast office has been trading for over 25 years and has a reputation for first class service and outstanding associates. The team have enjoyed six consecutive years of revenue growth propelling them to both Northern Ireland’s largest commercial broker and the largest Lockton operation outside of London.

The Ball Sponsor is St. John’s Church in Sloan Street Lurgan. This is probably the first time the ball sponsor in one of our games has been a Church! St John’s is an evangelical parish church deeply connected with our community. The building sits amidst housing, healthcare facilities and schools and the Church has a variety of organisations for all ages which are open to everyone.

One of our regular sponsors returns once again to sponsor the Glenavon Man of the Match award. Trader D’s Butchers is a family butchers located in Terrace View Waringstown and supplies all quality beef, lamb and poultry products.

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsor Man of the Match Sponsor
 Lockton Insurance St Johns, Church of Ireland Trader D’s Butchers, Waringstown

Match Programme

Pick up your copy of our match programme at the game, price £2.

Program #2

Club Statement

The Board of Directors of Glenavon Football Club issued the following statement on Wednesday August 26th 2015:

“During the course of this week Glenavon Football Club has regrettably had to issue an individual with a two year ban from Mourneview Park in respect of his series of inappropriate behaviour actions. A further four individuals have received formal written warnings for engaging in inappropriate behaviour. All five were found to have contravened the Glenavon FC Code of Conduct.

“Glenavon Football Club would remind supporters attending games at Mourneview Park that everyone must abide by the various policies and directives set by FIFA, UEFA, the IFA, Glenavon FC and the Armagh/Banbridge/Craigavon Council. Our Club’s overriding principle is to ensure that those policies and directives and specifically the terms and conditions set out in the Club’s Safety Certificate issued annually by the Council are fully met and thus provide for the security, safety, welfare, comfort and enjoyment of all persons in the ground. Actions or activities by persons which undermine that principle and threaten the excellent reputation of Glenavon Football Club will be met with a zero tolerance policy.

“The understanding, support and co-operation of all our supporters in this matter will be much appreciated.”