Match OFF: Coleraine v Glenavon

GAME OFF FOLLOWING THE PITCH INSPECTION SAT. AM

NIFL has confirmed the new date for this fixture as Tuesday January 27, kick off 8:00pm.

With Saturday’s trip to the Coleraine Showgrounds looking doubtful and a morning pitch inspection likely, it would be a big disappointment if the game is called off as both sides are challenging for a top six finish. “I’ve spoken to Oran (Kearney) and he says it’s looking very doubtful at the moment,” Gary Hamilton told us this evening. “There’ll be a pitch inspection in the morning and, if it’s called off, we’ve agreed to re-arrange the game for Tuesday 27th January.”

Please check back here for the latest information and news of the pitch inspection on Saturday morning.

So far Coleraine is the only side that Glenavon has failed to take any points from this season. Oran Kearney’s side has won both the previous encounters by the odd goal, triumphing 2-1 at the Showgrounds after Andy McGrory had put the Lurgan Blues ahead, and winning 3-2 at Mourneview when Ian Parkhill secured the three points in the last minute after Eoin Bradley seemed to have earned the home side a point literally seconds earlier.

Conor Dillon is suspended for the game having picked up his 5th caution against Portadown on Boxing Day. Andy McGrory and Gareth McKeown have completed four game bans but McKeown is ill so won’t be in the reckoning for a place in the squad tomorrow.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Colin Burns Greg McDaid Darren Watt Stephen Wallace

 

Saturday’s Games

We have been informed by Coleraine FC that tomorrow’s Dankse Bank Premiership game is rated as “highly doubtful” at the moment (Friday 11am) and it is likely that a pitch inspection will take place tomorrow. Further details when we have them.

Our Reserves are scheduled to be at home tomorrow to Coleraine with a 2pm kick off. Anyone planning to attend should note that an early morning pitch inspection is planned. They should check the website/Twitter for further information.

 

 

Rival Coaches Look Ahead to Irish Cup

Nigel Law, in his interview with Gary Ellis of the Lurgan Mail, after reviewing Tuesday night’s encouraging league victory over Dungannon, looked ahead to Saturday’s Irish Cup visit to Moyola Park.Coach on win

Moyola Park, from the village of Castledawson in County Londonderry, were the first ever winners of the Irish Senior Challenge Cup, back in it’s inaugural season in 1881, and manager Mervyn Pattison and his players are looking forward to the challenge of taking on the current holders Glenavon, as they told the BBC this week. BBC Website Video

Result: Glenavon 2-1 Dungannon Swifts

Lineup v DungannonOne 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’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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Tuesday: Glenavon v Dungannon

Glenavon will go into Tuesday night’s re-arranged Dankse Bank Premiership game with Dungannon Swifts (ko 7:45pm) with renewed confidence following Saturday’s emphatic 4-2 victory against Ballymena United.

Coach Nigel Law looked ahead to Tuesday’s game as he reviewed an excellent performance at the Showgrounds, which included a hat trick on his debut for Declan O’Brien. Video courtesy of The Lurgan Mail.Nigel on Fabio

Kevin Braniff is available for selection having served a one game ban on Saturday. Gary Hamilton could hand a debut to his other new signing, defender Simon Kelly who has hopefully recovered from a bout of the flu that kept him out of the squad on Saturday.

Match Officials

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Our Sponsors

Our match sponsors are six members of the Triangle Glenavon Supporters Club which celebrated it’s 65th Anniversary this year and is the largest of all the Glenavon Supporter’s Clubs. The Ball Sponsor is GBM Design and Print, and the Glenavon Man of the Match sponsor is former Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Mark Baxter.

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