Match Programme Preview

Ports Programme Cover

Make sure you buy your copy of the special Souvenir Programme for Saturday’s big Mid-Ulster Cup derby. Articles include

  • Manager aims for first win of the season against the Ports.
  • Gary praises the efforts of his players and gives all the credit to them.
  • The Chairman looks back over the season.
  • Young Blues celebrate final success.

Preview: Linfield v Glenavon

danske-logoWith just three games remaining for Glenavon there is still all to play for as we look ahead to tomorrow’s away trip to face second placed Linfield. (Don’t forget this match is at the Ballymena Showgrounds – see details here). The Lurgan Blues are just ahead of Portadown on goal difference and just behind third placed Cliftonville, also on goal difference, all three teams sitting on 60 points as they vie for the coveted third spot and a lucrative Europa League qualification.

Gary Hamilton’s team has won the last five league games, a feat not achieved since the Intermediate League campaign in the 2004-05 season when seven consecutive games were won. You have to go back almost 20 years, to the 1995-96 season, to find a similarly successful run of games in the top division with consecutive wins against Glentoran, Linfield, Ards, Crusaders and Bangor.

All this is testament to the quality of player Gary has brought to the Club and the team spirit and work rate of the squad and his back-room staff of Paul Millar, Nigel Law and Reggie Hillen.

Law says that the players can’t wait for the next game to come. “Everyone of them is enjoying it at the moment and they’ve got a real thirst for the next game and we just want games to come. We’re not far away from being a top side.”

Click on the picture below to watch the full interview with Lurgan Mail Sports Editor Gary Ellis.

Nigle VID

Match Officials

Referee 1st Assistant 2nd Assistant 4th Official
Tim Marshall David Anderson Mark O’Brien Ross Dunlop


Linfield Game on Saturday April 11th


Supporters are asked to note that we have been informed by Linfield Football Club that Glenavon supporters will occupy the HOME stand at our game against Linfield at Ballymena Showgrounds this coming Saturday. Update: Supporters will do down Warden Street but should turn in left into the large car park and use the turnstiles adjacent to the Social Club building. Cars and buses may park in the car park. Stewards will be on duty to guide supporters and vehicular traffic.

Exit the M2 motorway at Junction 11 (Ecos Centre)/Ballymena/Cushendall, turn left at the T-junction, proceed to the roundabout and take the second exit and follow the signs for the Showgrounds. Map

Result: Glenavon 5-0 Cliftonville

IV KevClick the picture for Kevin Braniff’s video interview with the Lurgan Mail.

Just the one change for Glenavon, David Elebert in for Kris Lindsay who is on the bench.

Glenavon: McGrath, Kelly, Kilmartin, Bradley, Patton, McGrory, Marshall, Braniff, Martyn, Elebert, Singleton subs Neill (not used), Lindsay (replaced Kelly 73), Hamilton (replaced Singleton 73), Caldwell (replaced Elebert 77), O’Brien (not used)

Cautions: Singleton, Elebert, KIlmartin

Cliftonville: Cherrie, McDaid, M. Donnelly, Knowles, Seydak, Smyth, Catney, Winchester, Gormley, Cosgrove, Bonner subs McGovern (not used), Scannell (not used), McMullan (replaced Winchester 80), J. Donnelly (replaced Knowles 62), McMurray (replaced McDaid 62)

Cautions: Winchester

Referee: Ian McNabb

Glenavon 5



1st half

2nd half



0 Cliftonville
Shots 17 : 11 Shots
Shots on goal 8 : 5 Shots on goal
Corners 5 : 5 Corners
Free kicks 4 : 24 Free kicks
Offsides 9 : 5 Offsides
Penalties 0 : 0 Penalties
Yellow cards 3 : 1 Yellow cards
Red cards 0 : 0 Red cards
Possession 41% : 59% Possession

Kevin Braniff headed the Lurgan Blues in front with a powerful 12th minute header from a pin-point cross from the right by Rhys Marshall.

Three minutes before the break Marty Donnelly played a great long ball down the right for the run of Joe Gormley and when the prolific striker cut inside onto his left foot and a goal looked certain but James McGrath made a great save to ensure Glenavon maintained the 1-0 lead at half time.

Braniff made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half with a great run into the box wrong-footing Marc Smyth and planting a right foot shot into the bottom corner that gave Cherrie no chance. This came after Marshall had won back the ball with a great tackle on James Knowles in the Cliftonville final third, the ball breaking kindly for Braniff who powered past the Cliftonville centre half into the box before unleashing an unstoppable low drive.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Photo by Alan Weir.

In the 63rd minute it was 3-0 to the home side when Eoin Bradley powered past the defender into the Reds box and tucked a right foot shot under Cherrie’s body, the ball slowly trickling over the line.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Moments after Ciaran Martyn was denied by a last ditch tackle after a great run and cut back from Bradley, David Elebert slotted home his first goal for Glenavon when he pounced on a loose ball from the resulting corner.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Mark Patton tucked away a fully-deserved 5th goal three minutes from time after good work by Ciaran Caldwell and a low cross from Andy McGrory and although Martyn’s shot was smothered the ball broke to the winger and he slotted it home from 6 yards.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Photo by Alan Weir.

Preview: Glenavon v Cliftonville

danske-logoThe big games just keep coming as Glenavon continue the push for a European place against the outgoing champions Cliftonville at Mourneview Park on Easter Tuesday (NB: kick off time is 3pm).

Having won the last four in the league, including a great 3-2 win against the visitors on their own patch just over three weeks ago, Glenavon will be looking to keep the momentum up and going all out for the three points that would take them level on points with Tommy Breslin’s Reds who are currently in the coveted 3rd place that would qualify for the Europa League.

Two-goal hero and Man of the Match in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Glentoran James Singleton insists the push for a European spot is on and he and his team mates will be going for the win on Tuesday, as he told Gary Ellis of the Lurgan Mail after the game on Saturday – click the photo for the video interview.INLM15-James vid

Glenavon First Team Coach Nigel Law was delighted with the clean sheet on Saturday and he too says Gary and the squad are focussed on pushing for that vital third place and Europa League qualification. “It’s really nice to be involved at the top end at this stage of the season. The boys deserve it; they’ve worked ever so hard all season. We’re winning games and we’ve only lost one game since Christmas.”

Don’t forget that it’s ‘Kids Go Free’ at Mourneview Park in all our remaining games this season. Children of Primary School age will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Ian McNabb Stephen Donaldson John Grealey Simon Creaney

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