Result: Glenavon 0-2 Dungannon Swifts

Two enforced changes for Gary Hamilton with Shane McCabe unavailable due to work commitments and James Singleton out with a thigh strain; he brings Tiarnan Mulvenna and Andy McGrory in from the start.

Only Guy Bates escaped criticism by Gary Hamilton after the defeat to Dungannon Swifts in which his players “failed to carry out the instructions” they had been given. Gary Ellis got the Glenavon manager’s views after the game..Gary on defeat tile

Yet again Dungannon got the first goal in a game between the two Mid-Ulster sides, ex-Glenavon striker Gary Liggett scoring with a 9th minute header from Josh Barton’s cross. Barton himself should have scored in the 3rd minute when he was clean through but fired horribly wide from the edge of the box.

Calamitous defending two minutes later with James McGrath coming way out of his area to try to cut out a through ball down Dungannon’s left saw the visitors double the lead as Liggett got to the ball first and cut it back to the edge of the box where Ryan Harpur had time and space to hit the back of the net with a right foot shot despite Kyle Neill’s attempt to block it on the line.

Andy McGrory had  a shot turned away for a corner by Andy Coleman in the 17th minute and just after the half hour Bates played a neat pass inside the Swifts right back for the run of Bradley but he saw his shot well saved by Coleman.

Andy Coleman saves from Eoin Bradley. Photo by Brian Bain.

Andy Coleman saves from Eoin Bradley. Photo by Brian Bain.

On the stroke of half time McGrory wasted a great chance to pull a goal back when he fired over from 6 yards following a cutback from Mulvenna who had been picked out by a cross field pass from Guy Bates. In stoppage time Eoin Bradley broke clear but fired straight into the chest of Andy Coleman. There was still time for Harpur to force a great save by McGrath after he hit a swerving free kick from 25 yards.

Andy McGrory got this effort all wrong. Photo by Brian Bain.

Andy McGrory got this effort all wrong. Photo by Brian Bain.

Hamilton replaced Mulvenna for the start of the second half but even when Glenavon created an opening the final shot always seemed to go straight to the keeper. In fact Liggett and another ex-Glenavon striker Andrew Mitchell both contrived to fire over the bar from close range when it looked easier to score and extend the visitors’ lead.

Glenavon: McGrath, Marshall, Dillon, Lindsay (c), Neill, Bradley (Hoey 81), Kilmartin (Foley 69), McGrory, Mulvenna (Hamilton 45), Braniff, Bates. Subs not used: McCallion, Blackledge

Cautions: Hamilton 55, Lindsay 58, Dillon 65

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, McCullough, McCaffrey, McCashin, Grieve, Barton (Hutchinson 48), Harpur, Fitzpatrick (Hazley 66), Sanusi (Mitchell 80), Glackin, Liggett Subs not used: Lowe, Tomelty

Cautions: Liggett 42, McCullough 49

Referee: Raymond Crangle

The Triangle SC sponsored the match,. From L-R Henry Aiken, Freddie Shields, Bobby Livingstone, Jimmy Uprichard, Glenavon Directors Leigh Livingstone and Trevor Harvey, Roly Lyons.

The Triangle SC sponsored the match. From L-R Henry Aiken, Freddie Shields, Bobby Livingstone, Jimmy Uprichard, Glenavon Directors Leigh Livingstone and Trevor Harvey, Roly Lyons.

Kyle Neill was chosen as the Glenavon Man of the match by the two sponsors Claire Hall and Deborah Templeton. Photo by Brian Bain.

Kyle Neill was chosen as the Glenavon Man of the match by the two sponsors Claire Hall and Deborah Templeton. Photo by Brian Bain.

Swifts Up Next

Following Wednesday’s win away to Warrenpoint, coming on top of the opening day draw with Crusaders, Gary Hamilton’s side will be looking to keep the momentum of this good start as they welcome Dungannon Swifts to Mourneview Park.

Tiarnan Mulvenna, who scored Glenavon’s second goal, from the penalty spot, on Wednesday, and Assistant Manager Paul Millar reviewed that game and looked ahead to Saturday’s match when they spoke to the Lurgan Mail’s Gary Ellis.

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“It’s another very important game for us tomorrow, as are all games, of course, and unfortunately we’re missing a number of key players, for various reasons,” Gary Hamilton told us. “Shane McCabe is on a course which he can’t get out of, Ciaran Martyn is at his sister’s wedding, James Singleton is out with a thigh strain and Gareth McKeown and Winkie Murphy are both still suspended. That, and the fact that Dungannon have so many ex-Glenavon players who always raise their game against us, will make it a very tough game for us.

“In the last seven games against them we’ve conceded the first goal but we defended well on Wednesday against Warrenpoint and we’ll be looking a repeat of that again tomorrow and with our attacking qualities we are aiming to take the three points. Hopefully we’ll have another good crowd like we had against Crusaders and at Warrenpoint and they’ll get behind us and cheer us on.”

Dungannon defender David Armstrong is suspended after being sent off in their midweek draw with Ballinamallard.

Last Season Head-to-Head

The first game between the sides last season saw a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Stangmore Park, Glenavon coming back from 2-0 down to forge ahead 3-2 before a late penalty by Darren Boyce tied the scores. Boyce was the Swifts’ hero in the first return fixture at Mourneview, his hat trick, including two penalties, earning Darren Murphy’s side a deserved 3-1 win. Gary Hamilton’s superb late goal was no consolation on a night after which he described his side’s playing as “embarrassing all over the pitch.”

In the final meeting between the sides last season Glenavon again had to come from 2-0 down but this time goals by Mark Patton, Shane McCabe and Rhys Marshall were enough to earn all three points.

Match Officials

Referee: Raymond Crangle; Assistants: Stephen Donaldson, Tom McKnight; 4th Official: Keith Kennedy

Our Sponsors

It’s supporters to the fore for tomorrow’s sponsors: The Triangle Supporters Club, founded in 1949, is Glenavon’s oldest and largest supporters’ club; the club gets its name as they follow Glenavon ‘win, lose or draw’. ‘Five Become Six’, is a group of supporters who have chipped in together to sponsor the ball – something other supporters may want to consider doing.

The Glenavon man of the match award tomorrow will be chosen by the sponsors Claire Hall and Deborah Templeton. Claire is such a big Glenavon fan that she had some of her wedding photos taken at Mourneview Park!

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsor Man of the Match Sponsor
Triangle Supporters Club Five Become Six Claire Hall & Deborah Templeton

Result: Warrenpoint 0-2 Glenavon

A well-deserved victory for Glenavon who created all the chances but had to wait until the 79th minute to open the scoring thanks to a goal from teenage full back Rhys Marshall. Substitute Tiarnan Mulvenna made the points safe when he smashed home a penalty in the 83rd minute after Guy Bates had been pulled down in the box.image

No changes to the starting lineup for Glenavon but Ciaran Martyn comes onto the bench in place of young Andy Blackledge. Warrenpoint make two changes to the lineup that lost 2-0 to Ballymena on Saturday: Mark Hughes and Ruairi Devlin come in for Stephen McCabe and Marty Havern.

Only a brilliant save by Town keeper Jonathan Parr kept the scores level at half time. He dived to his left to push a firm downward header from Kyle Neill over the bar after the Glenavon midfielder met Guy Bates cross in the 28th minute.

Parr made another superb save in the 65th minute to turn away a firm low drive by Andy McGrory who had been picked out by a great diagonal ball from Neill.

Rhys Marshal fired in the opener in the 79th minute after the Town defence failed to clear Neill’s corner and Andy McGrory slipped the ball to the young right back and he fired a low shot across Parr into the bottom corner..

Tiarnan Mulvenna made it 2-0 four minutes later from the penalty spot after Dermot McVeigh upended Bates in the box.

Tonight’s teams

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, King, McDonnell, McVeigh, Gargan (S Hughes 59), D Hughes, Bagnall, M Hughes (Havern 74), Moan, Boyle (c), Devlin. Subs not used: Cowan, Smith, Osobe.

Glenavon: McGrath, Singleton (McGrory 30), Lindsay (c), Dillon, Marshall, Neill, Kilmartin (Martyn 58), McCabe, Bradley, Braniff (Mulvenna 81), Bates. Subs not used: Hamilton, Foley

Cautions: Lindsay 45+1, Dillon 60

Referee: Evan Boyce.

 

Result: Glenavon 2-2 Crusaders

After starting on top for the first quarter of an hour, but failing to put the chances away, Glenavon went behind to a goal from old-boy Diarmuid O’Carroll. Jordan Owens headed an 18th minute corner back goal-wards and after Andy Kilmartin cleared it off the line, the ball fell to O’Carroll who fired in a shot from 12 yards that went in off the inside of the post.

Eoin Bradley, scorer of Glenavon’s equaliser, spoke to Lurgan Mail Sports Editor Gary Ellis after the game.Eoin Bradley interview

Guy Bates was just inches wide with a shot in the 3rd minute and Lindsay had the ball in the net in the 7th minute when he headed in a Kyle Neill corner but referee Ross Dunlop ruled it out, presumably for pushing.

In the 14th minute Kevin Braniff was a little too precise with a side-foot effort from the edge of the box after Bates had laid the ball off to him.

Eoin Bradley equalised in the 56th minute with a wonderful finish after Braniff’s precise pass into his run on the right of the box.

Andy Kilmartin almost gave Glenavon the lead three minutes  later after good work by Bates whose low cross was deflected to the midfielder. His left foot shot was heading for the bottom corner until a defender got his boot to it.

The home side did take the lead in the 71st minute thanks to a tap in from the skipper Lindsay. He was on hand to finish as Bates nodded the ball into his path from Braniff’s cross.

Bradley then broke onto a clearance from Rhys Marshall and fired a low shot that almost beat Sean O’Neill but the Crues keeper managed to block it with his leg.

The lead lasted seven minutes, Jordan Owens slipping in behind the Glenavon defence to finish neatly into the top corner.

Glenavon: McGrath, Neill (Mulvenna 83), Lindsay (c) (Hamilton 86), C Dillon, Marshall, Singleton, McCabe, Bradley, KIlmartin (McGrory 79), Braniff, Bates. Subs not used: Foley, Blackledge,

Cautions: Singleton 26, Braniff 36, Dillon 52, McCabe 90

Crusaders: O’Neill, Burns, Leeman, Cadell, Clarke, Robinson, Caddell, Whyte (McClean 79), Cockcroft, O’Carroll (Adamson 65), Owens, McCutcheon (Snoddy 66). Subs not used: Magowan, K Dillon.

Cautions: Cockcroft 46, Caddell 89

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our sponsors today: Club President Gordon Irwin sponsored the match, Sidney Gorman sponsored the ball and Ian Milne was sponsor for  the Glenavon Man of the Match award.

Man of the Match Shane McCabe receives his champagne from sponsor Ian Milne. Also pictured is Samuel Ferguson from Wiltshire. Photo by Philip Hawthorne

Man of the Match Shane McCabe receives his champagne from sponsor Ian Milne. Also pictured is Samuel Ferguson from Wiltshire. Photo by Philip Hawthorne