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Result: Ballinamallard U. 1-3 Glenavon

Shane McCabe is out with a hamstring strain and Rhys Marshall is suspended. Andy McGrory will replace Marshall at right back with Simon Kelly, Kris Lindsay and James Singleton making up the back four.

Mark Patton put Glenavon ahead in the 13th minute with his first league goal of an injury-ravaged season.image

imageCiaran Martyn doubled the lead in the 20th minute when he slid the ball home after Fergal Murphy had pushed out Kevin Braniff’s low shot.

Jay McCartney had a chance to pull a goal back five minutes from the break when the referee awarded a penalty which no-one seemed to know the reason for, seconds after James McKenna had seen a thunderous 25 yard shot come back off the underside of the bar. Unfortunately for the  home side the spot kick hit the post and rebounded to safety.image

The Mallards got the second half off to a flying start thanks to a run and shot by Liam Martin but Alan Blayney won’t be happy that he seemed to spill the ball over his line before clawing it away.

The home side continued to press but Kevin Braniff slotted home a spot kick five minutes from time after Liam McMenamin was adjudged to have pulled down Eoin Bradley.

Ballinamallard Utd: F Murphy, McMenamin, Stafford, McKenna, McCartney, Campbell, Kee (Beacom 68), Hutchinson (Crilly 46), Currie (Noble 83), Martin, McLaughlin. Unused Subs: A Murphy, McNulty.

Cautions: Stafford 45+1, Kee 60

Glenavon: Blayney, McGrory, Kelly, Lindsay, Singleton, Bradley (Lynch 87), Kilmartin, Martyn, Patton, Braniff, O’Brien (Neill 74). Unused Subs: McKeown, W Murphy, Elebert

Cautions: Kilmartin 80

Referee: Ian McNabb

Photos by Brian Little/

Preview: Ballinamallard Utd. v Glenavon

danske-logoWith three games to go including tomorrow’s trip to Ferney Park, before the league splits, a point in any of those games would confirm Glenavon’s place in the top six but Gary Hamilton wants to seal that spot with a win tomorrow. Gary himself is suspended (5th caution), though it was unlikely he would have played due to his injury problems. He will also be without the services of Rhys Marshall who is automatically banned following his dismissal in the 3-7 defeat to Crusaders a fortnight ago. Ciaran Caldwell is out with a sore knee and youngsters Mark Sykes and Andrew Drylie are away with the NI Schoolboys. Prolific goal-scorer for the Reserves and Youth teams Shayne Lavery is on trial with Everton so Gary’s options are limited tomorrow.

“Mark Sykes would have been in the starting line-up tomorrow and Andrew Drylie would have been on the bench but it can’t be helped,” Gary explained. “We’re aiming to at least equal or preferably improve on our points total from last season and also to try to finish as high up the league as we can. If we can do that in a much tighter league and having been without Mark Patton for most of the season and Guy Bates, both of whom were key players for us last season, it will be great achievement.

“After tomorrow our remaining games are all against top six sides so it will be tough but we’ll be giving it a go. We’ll be handing some of the young lads a chance to show if they are up to playing at the highest level but we won’t be making wholesale changes like last year when we were concentrating our efforts on reaching the Irish Cup Final.”

That heavy defeat to the league leaders was Glenavon’s first loss in 8 league games and Whitey Anderson’s team is unbeaten in the last four.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Ian McNabb Stephen Bell Paul Berry Eddie Ferguson


Result: Glenavon 3-7 Crusaders

An early goal for the league leaders as Paul Heatley ran onto a long ball and benefited from a fortunate bobble off Rhys Marshall to fire past Alan Blayney in the 7th minute.

Blayney made a brilliant save in the 20th minute to keep out a Gavin Whyte shot but Glenavon was relieved when the offside flag went up after Colin Coates had netted the rebound.

The scores were levelled five minutes before the break as Ciaran Martyn rose to meet Kevin Braniff’s free kick and Rhys Marshall stabbed the ball home from close range after Sean O’Neill had made a superb save.

Rhys Marshall wheels away after scoring the equaliser. Photo by Alan Weir.

Rhys Marshall wheels away after scoring the equaliser. Photo by Alan Weir.

Parity lasted only a minute though as Crues broke through Richard Clarke, he fed it out to Heatley and he put over a fantastic cross that Whyte hit first time past Blayney.

Less than a minute  into the second half and Glenavon was reduced to ten men when the referee adjudged Marshall to have denied Heatley a goal-scoring opportunity as the two came together in the Glenavon box. Diarmuid O’Carroll slammed home the spot kick.

Alan Blayney gets fingertips to Diarmuid O'Carroll's penalty but couldn't keep it out. Photo by Brian Bain

Alan Blayney gets fingertips to Diarmuid O’Carroll’s penalty but couldn’t keep it out. Photo by Brian Bain

Jordan Owens scored Crusaders 100th goal of the season with a simple finish from ten yards as the Glenavon defence was cut open by a run down the right by Whyte and his cutback left Owens with an easy chance that he was never going to miss.

Glenavon pulled a goal back in the 55th minute when the entire Crusaders defence decided to leave Gareth McKeown’s free kick and Martyn nipped in to head past O’Neill.

Ciaran Martyn heads past Sean O'Neill to score Glenavon's second goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Ciaran Martyn heads past Sean O’Neill to score Glenavon’s second goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

Yet again though the Hatchet men roared back with a goal less than a minute later when Whyte lobbed Blayney after Heatley had picked up O’Neill’s quick free kick and poked the ball forward.

The goals keep flying in and this time it was a penalty to Glenavon after Timmy Adamson blocked Martyn’s shot with his arm. Braniff made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-5.

Sean O'Neill is sent the wrong way by Kevin Braniff's spot kick. Photo by Alan Weir.

Sean O’Neill is sent the wrong way by Kevin Braniff’s spot kick. Photo by Alan Weir.

Whyte completed his hat trick courtesy of a fierce shot that came down off the underside of the bar and was adjudged by the assistant to have crossed the line. Blayney won’t be happy with his part in the goal as he seemed to lose Burns cross and it fell to Heatley. The Glenavon keeper managed to block Heatley’s shot but the ball broke to Whyte and he unleashed a rising shot from 10 yards out.

Eoin Bradley holds off a defender. Photo by Brian Bain

Eoin Bradley holds off a defender. Photo by Brian Bain

After Branniff failed to clear the ball from his own by-line in it fell to Owens. His shot was blocked but the rebound went straight to Heatley and he drilled a low shot past an unsighted Blayney.

Glenavon (4-4-2): Blayney, Marshall, Murphy, McKeown (Lindsay 62), Singleton, McGrory, McCabe (c) (O’Brien 78), Martyn, Caldwell (Sykes 78), Bradley, Braniff. Unused Subs: Patton, Kilmartin

Cautions: None

Crusaders (4-3-3): O’Neill, Burns, Coates (c), Robinson (Hanley 87), McClean, O’Carroll (O’Flynn 82), Clarke, Adamson, Heatley, Owens, Whyte (Leeman 75). Unused Subs: Magowan, O’Hanlon.

Cautions: Robinson 62

Referee: Andrew Davey