Friendly: Leonidas 3-2 Glenavon (FT)

The game kicks off today at 5 pm GMT (6 pm local time) in Rotterdam. Check here or our Twitter feed @Glenavon_FC for updates from our roving reporter Ian McKinney.


Glenavon seem to be featuring a new Scottish signing ‘Andrew McGregory’ ;-)

For the benefit of anyone interested in our shape, Marshall is at centre half with Murphy, McCallion and Kyle Neill at right back and left back. Kilmartin in front of the back four. Martyn and McIlveen in midfield and Patton, McGrory and Bates up front.

Leonidas play through the middle with a series of short passes and the eventual strike at goal is a lob, wide and over far post.

Glenavon put together a decent move of their own that ends in McIlveen playing a pass that is intercepted.

Still nil all. Leonidas have a free kick in a dangerous position. The free kick is passed square and blasted over.

A few Batesy step overs are not enough to bamboozle the teutonic Leonidas left back. I’m reminded of ‘Escape to Victory’ :-)

A short spell of Leonidas pressure produces a shot which is held easily by Coleman.

Bates receives the ball in an offside position, but it’s ok because it’s a throw. He squares it, cleared out for a corner. The corner flashes over, evading everyone.

Rhys Marshall steps through three players like they aren’t there and earns a foul as he releases it. Hope no one from Feyenoord is here ;-)

The left back is having a great tussle with Andy McGrory, and this time he evades McGrory and shoots from inside the box, well over.

Patton skips over a challenge and wins a corner.

GOAL FLASH: Leonidas 0-1 GlenavonMurphy rises highest as the corner comes in, he flicks it in off the post.

HALF-TIME: Leonidas 0-1 Glenavon (Murphy) Perhaps slightly fortuitous!

HT subs: Corrigan, Lindsay, Rainey on. Bates, Murphy, Kilmartin off.

Glenavon have started the second half brightly and Ciaran Martyn draws a save from the goalkeeper with a strike of distance.

Good run into the box by Patton, his shot is saved. Patton then hooks over from the corner.

GOAL FLASH: Leonidas 1-1 Glenavon. Glenavon fail to clear a free kick and eventually stabbed home by the Leonidas no. 6, Ismail Celen

Good play from Glenavon, Martyn heads wide from a Patton cross.

Great play by Patton, change of feet, skins defender, wicked ball, Glenavon just can’t get someone on the end of it.

GOAL FLASH: Leonidas 2-1 Glenavon. Leonidas take the lead, ball over the top as our defence stepped up, finished calmly.

Great effort by McIlveen, pushed just wide.

Big Glenavon penalty shout turned down.

Lindsay blasts over as it falls at his feet from a corner.

Shot just wide, ball on from Rainey. Still 2-1 with 9 minutes to go.

GOAL FLASH: Leonidas 3-1 Glenavon. Ricochet falls to the Leonidas striker who makes no mistake.

GOAL FLASH: Leonidas 3-2 Glenavon. Rainey pulls one back with a header. Great ball from Jack McNally who had replaced Neill.

Ooh! great chance of an equaliser out of nothing, ball lobbed forward, just wide.

Playing 3 minutes added time.

Bit of a goalmouth scramble, cleared off the line by Leonidas. The rebound falls to Corrigan, who flashes it over.

Eddie McCallion rattles the bar with a volley. That would have been Eddie’s first goal for Glenavon! He only scored once for Derry City in his 15 years there!

Full time Leonidas 3-2 Glenavon. Good performance, good game.

Fixture News

Glenavon has been invited to Rotterdam for a Friendly against Leonidas on Saturday 4th January 2014. Cliftonville, Glenavon’s scheduled Danske Bank Premiership opponents on that date, have kindly agreed, as has NIFL, to move the League game to Tuesday 7th January with a 7:45 pm kick off.

“Leonidas will fly the Glenavon squad out on the Saturday morning, host us for lunch before we play a match against them on Saturday afternoon. They put us up in a hotel and fly us back home again on Sunday,” Gary Hamilton outlined to the website on Thursday.

“We’re very grateful to Tommy Breslin who was very happy to accommodate us having accepted a similar invitation to take his Cliftonville squad to Leonidas two seasons ago. He was very enthusiastic about the experience his players enjoyed and he said the whole weekend was very professionally organized. Apparently Leonidas bring over an Irish team every season. This sort of trip is very important for team spirit, bonding and camaraderie.

“It’ll be a great experience for our players to play against a very well run semi-professional outfit who have a lot of excellent players who didn’t quite make the grade at the top Dutch Clubs like PSV and Ajax.”

Friendly v Derry City

A Glenavon XI will play Derry City at Mourneview Park on Wednesday night – weather permitting, kick-off 7.30 pm. Derry City are regarding this game as a pre-season friendly and are therefore expected to field a strong side.

Admission will be £5 adults and £3 concession.