Another defeat to Dungannon Swifts with Glenavon lack lustre in the first half and going 2-0 behind before an improved second half performance saw them pull a goal back through Ciaran Martyn but it wasn’t enough in the end.
Gary Hamilton was disappointed and frustrated especially by the first half performance of his team (Audio).
In the 3rd minute it looked like Eoin Bradley had been tripped in the Swifts box but there was no response from Referee Colin Burns.
Confusion reigned in the press box over who scored the Swifts opening goal after Alan Blayney dropped a corner from Jamie Tomelty in the 7th minute and the ball ended up in the net.
Gareth McKeown and Andrew Mitchell challenge for the ball. Photo by Alan Weir.
The Glenavon defence seemed to be in a panic as they struggled to clear a corner by Matt Hazley in the 13th minute. Kyle Neill’s free kick hit the wall in the 19th minute and Andy McGrory’s turn and shot was safely pouched by Andy Coleman four minutes later.
An error by skipper Shane McCabe when he put too little on his attempted header back to Conor Dillon and Hazley nipped in and slotted a shot under the body of the exposed Blayney to make it 2-0 after 29 minutes.
Ciaran Martyn challenges for a header with Fra Brennan. Photo by Alan Weir.
Gary Hamilton and James Singleton replaced Paddy McNally and Kyle Neill at the break but it was Ciaran Martyn who should have pulled a goal back for Glenavon. In the 58th minute, on the stretch, he scooped the ball over the bar from 6 yards after good work on the left of the box by Bradley and two minutes later he fired straight into Coleman’s gloves when a low shot would have brought dividends.
A high ‘tackle’ by Ryan Harpur in the 65th minute which caught Gary Hamilton on the knee went unpunished; in fact the referee didn’t even see fit to award a free kick.
Martyn did get the goal in the 67th minute when Hamilton flicked the ball on to Singleton and his cross to the penalty spot saw Martyn turn and shoot into the bottom corner.
Gary Hamilton and Rhys Marshall in an aerial challenge with a Dungannon defender. Photo by Alan Weir.
Rhys Marshall’s header from a Hamilton free kick was cleared off the line with Ciaran Caldwell firing the rebound over the bar in the 81st minute.
In stoppage time as Glenavon was about to take a corner Conor Dillon, who had seconds before been struck in the face by a flailing arm from a Swifts defender and was clearly dazed and bleeding from his nose, was shown a red card, a decision which left all watching the game as confused as the player himself. It was confirmed after the game that Dillon has suffered a broken nose.
Conor Dillon stems the blood flowing from his nose. Photo by Alan Weir.
As the players trooped off after the final whistle a scuffle broke out with players from both sides involved.
Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Wilson, McCullough, Harpur (c), Glackin, Armstrong, Mitchell (Douglas 72), Brennan, Burns, Hazley, Tomelty (Grieve 63). Subs not used: Fitzpatrick, Lavery, Liggett.
Glenavon: Blayney, McKeown, Dillon, McNally (Singleton 46), Marshall, McGrory, McCabe (c), Caldwell, Neill (Hamilton 46), Martyn (McKendry 86), Bradley. Subs not used: Kilmartin, Forsyth.
Cautions: McKeown 73, Dillon s/o 90+3
Referee: Colin Burns