One change for Glenavon: Kevin Braniff returns from suspension, Eoin Bradley dropping to the bench.
Glenavon’s James Singleton and Dungannon Swifts Jamie Douglas in action in tonight’s Danske Bank Premiership game. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
Glenavon had the clearest of the opening chances, both falling to Ciaran Martyn. He poked wide in the 11th minute and forced Andy Coleman into a save with a close range shot in the 27th. It was however, for the 11th game in succession between the two teams, Dungannon who took the lead, on the half hour, as Ryan Harpur ran onto a ball into the Glenavon box and slotted a low shot beyond James McGrath.
Rhys Marshall heads in Glenavon’s equaliser. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
Glenavon were level seven minutes later when Rhys Marshall nodded home from an in-swinging Kyle Neill corner for his 7th goal of the season.
Jamie Douglas almost restored the Swifts lead inside the first minute of the second half when he crashed a shot off the post from 25 yards but it was the home side who went in front, in the 51st minute. Fabio O’Brien flicked on the ball to Kevin Braniff on the left wing and he raced into the box before drilling a shot across Coleman into the far corner.
Kevin Braniff gets a shot past Dungannon’s Douglas Wilson to score. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
Glenavon players celebrate with Kevin Braniff after he scored to make it 2 – 1 during this evening’s game at Mourneview Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
Two minutes later McGrath made a comfortable save from another shot by Douglas before Harpur shot well wide from 20 yards.
A clever 61st minute free kick routine 25 yards from the Swifts goal saw Shane McCabe dummy to roll the ball onto Neill’s left foot but instead he back-heeled it and Braniff’s low right foot shot was deflected for a corner. Five minutes later Braniff caught Dougie Wilson in possession on the edge of his own box and seemed to have rounded Coleman only for a mix-up between himself and O’Brien to allow the Swifts defence to clear the ball.
Glenavon’s William Murphy and Dungannon’s Andrew Mitchell in an aerial challenge. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
In the 75th minute Braniff played in Neill and it took a brave block by Coleman to block the midfielder’s shot as he tried to lift it over the keeper.
Glenavon’s Rhys Marshall and Dungannon’s Matthew Hazley and Cameron Grieve during this evenings game at Mourneview Park.
Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
In the final minute of normal time a brave block by Cameron Grieve, who subsequently had to be stretchered off with a knee injury, kept out a fierce drive from 8 yards by Ciaran Caldwell and, following the injury hold up, there was 95 minutes on the clock when Wilson upended Eoin Bradley right on the edge of the area. At first referee Keith Kennedy pointed for a penalty but advice from his assistant over the intercom saw him correctly award a free kick which Gary Hamilton fired over the bar to the welcome sound of the final whistle.
Dungannon’s Cameron Grieve getting treatment before being stretched off during this evenings game at Mourneview Park. Photo Alan Weir/Pacemaker Press
Glenavon: McGrath, Marshall, Dillon, Murphy, Singleton, Caldwell, McCabe, Martyn (Kilmartin 71), Neill (Hamilton 89), O’Brien (Bradley 73), Braniff. Subs not used: Lindsay, Patton
Cautions: Martyn 64
Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Lowe, Wilson, Burns, Grieve, Glackin, Hutchinson (McCullough 81), Harpur (c), Hazley (Liggett 65), Douglas (S Lavery 65), Mitchell. Subs not used: Armstrong, Sanusi
Cautions: Hutchinson 27, Burns 61, Grieve 87, Glackin 90+4
Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)