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

Crues Visit Kicks Off Season

This Saturday sees the first round of fixtures that herald the start of the 2014/15 Danske Bank Premiership season. To launch the new season, the Northern Ireland Football League chose the iconic location of Parliament Buildings, Belfast, where players, managers and Chairmen from each of the 12 clubs were joined by Danske Bank CEO Gerry Mallon to officially kick-off the new season.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th August 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes  / Press Eye. Danske Bank Premiership season launches at Parliament Buildings This Saturday sees the first round of fixtures that herald the start of the 2014/15 Danske Bank Premiership season. To launch the new season, the Northern Ireland Football League chose the iconic location of Parliament Buildings, Belfast, where players, managers and Chairmen from each of the 12 clubs were joined by Danske Bank CEO Gerry Mallon to officially kick-off the new season. Gerard Lawlor, Chairman of the Premiership Management Committee and Gerry Mallon, CEO, Danske Bank are  pictured with players: Stephen OÕFlynn from Institute; Howard Beverland from Coleraine; Darren King  from Warrenpoint; Mark Patton from Glenavon; Mark Stafford from Ballinamallard; Jamie Richards from Linfield; Matthew Tipton from Ballymena; Chris Ramsey from Portadown; Elliott Morris from Glentoran; Joshua Robinson from Crusaders and Jude Winchester from Cliftonville.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Glenavon’s opponents in tomorrow’s opening day fixture at Mourneview are Crusaders who finished 3rd in the league last season with Glenavon in 6th, the Lurgan Blues making the top half for the first time since the ‘spilt’ was introduced. Glenavon came out on top in a thrilling Irish Cup Semi-final between the sides, winning 3-1 after extra time on the way to winning the Cup on May 3rd.

Glenavon’s major signings over the Summer, Alan Blaney, Kevin Braniff and Eoin Bradley have all made their debuts in the Europa League games with Hafnarfjordur, Bradley and Braniff both opening their goal-scoring accounts for Glenavon in the second leg. Irish Junior International defender Conor Dillon has also impressed in his games since signing and a fit-again Adam Foley, yet to feature in a competitive fixture, is available for selection by Gary Hamilton.

“Having Adam back fit is a big plus for us; it will be like having another new signing” Gary told us as he looked ahead to tomorrow’s game. “He’s getting better with every game and we’ll have him starting on the bench tomorrow, though he probably needs four or five competitive games to get his full match fitness back.”

The manager’s aim is to make 6th place again this season. “It won’t be easy and there’s no point in talking about 4th or 5th spot at this time, but we don’t want to be a one season wonder. We achieved the top six place a year or two ahead of schedule but, if we can retain it again this season, it will really help us push on in our development. You only need to look at how Crusaders and Cliftonville have come on since cementing a top six place.”

Jordan Dane and Gareth McKeown are suspended for the season-opener and Eddie McCallion, Winkie Murphy and Ciaran Martyn have missed a lot of pre-season due to work commitments, holidays and injury issues so will need further fitness work. Irish Cup hero Mark Patton is still recovering from a back injury so he misses out.

“Playing in the Europa league games means we’re starting the season with a couple of competitive games under our belt but we didn’t get our usual full pre-season to concentrate on building up the fitness so it will be interesting to see how we compare to last season,” Gary concluded.

Match appointments: Referee: Ross Dunlop, Assistants: Roy Beacom & Richard Storey, Fourth Official: Jamie Robinson

Our Sponsors

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsor Man of the Match Sponsor
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Season Tickets On Sale From Thursday

Season tickets for 2014-15 will be available for purchase from the office at Mourneview Park between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon, Mon-Fri, commencing this Thursday 12 June.

As previously announced, Season Ticket prices have been held once again and have remained the same since the 2009-10 season. In addition, from next season, primary school children, when accompanied by a paying adult, will be admitted free to the majority of games.

Season Ticket Prices 2014-15

Valid for Glenavon Premiership fixtures at Mourneview Park for 2014-2015

  • ADULT £140.00
  • SENIOR CITIZEN £70.00
  • LADY £70.00
  • STUDENT (On production of valid student card) £70.00
  • UNDER 17’S £40.00
  • CAR PARK RESERVED SPACES £100.00 (Available to season ticket holders)
  • VICE PRESIDENT’S TICKET £500.00

Turnstile Prices 2014-15

For Premiership fixtures only at Mourneview Park for 2014-2015

  • ADULT £10
  • SENIOR CITIZEN & UNDER 17 £7

Special Offer: If you pay for your season ticket(s) on or before 30 June 2014, you will be given free entry to the Europa League home game in July – date to be confirmed, subject to the draw on June 23rd.

SEASON TICKET PRICES FROZEN & KIDS GO FREE!

Glenavon FC are pleased to announce that once again there will be no increase in season ticket prices for the forthcoming 2014/15 season. This means that our season ticket prices have remained unchanged since the 2009/10 season. In addition from next season primary school children, when accompanied by a paying adult, will be admitted free to the majority of games. The only exception will be those small number of fixtures where health and safety considerations restrict the number of spectators; usually all-ticket matches, or where numbers have to be strictly controlled.

Season tickets are priced at:

Vice President £500
Adult £140
Senior £70
Lady £70
Under 17 £40
Car Park £100

Details of when season tickets become available will be published on the website in due course.