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.
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