Preview: Glenavon v Portadown

danske-logoFans of both Glenavon and our visitors tomorrow, Portadown, are understandably excited about the prospect of what could be the most significant Mid-Ulster derby in years as both clubs compete, along with deposed Champions Cliftonville, for a lucrative European qualifying place. The third-placed Lurgan Blues are two points ahead of neighbours Portadown with the Wee Reds a further point back.

Gary Hamilton looks to extend a six-game winning run of league games to seven in Glenavon’s final home game of the season, a result which, depending on other results, could clinch that coveted third place.

The Glenavon manager has called on all Lurgan Blues fans to turn out in numbers and be the ‘extra man’ tomorrow. “The fans have really got behind us and were magnificent on Saturday against Linfield. It was great to see and hear them,” Gary told us as he looked ahead to the game. “Everybody at the club, fans, officials and players is really looking forward to the game; we can’t wait for what is probably the club’s biggest game in years. It’s all credit to the boys who have been excellent the last 4 or 5 weeks and have got us to this point and hopefully we can see it out tomorrow. It won’t be easy with two very good sides involved but we’ll be giving it our all to try to get to where we want to be.”

With ‘Kids go FREE’ again tomorrow there really is no excuse for not getting along to cheer on the Lurgan Blues.

Remember, it’s YOUR club, YOUR support! Get out in force on Saturday and back the boys in Blue as they strive towards @EuropaLeague.

Souvenir Programme

Ports Programme Cover

On Sale tomorrow price £2 – could become a collector’s item!

Statistician’s Corner

The current winning sequence has had fans and armchair statisticians searching their memories and the record books to find the last time such a run of results happened. Considering the fact that the recent results include beating three top-six teams including Cliftonville (2-3 and 5-0) and Linfield (1-0 and 0-2)  twice each and vanquishing Glentoran 4-0 it’s an achievement of real significance.

Ballinamallard Utd A 3 1 W
Cliftonville A 3 2 W
Linfield H 1 0 W
Glentoran H 4 0 W
Cliftonville H 5 0 W
Linfield A 2 0 W

In fact you have to go back to the beginning of the 1993-94 season to find an equal or better sequence, when Glenavon, after drawing on the opening day of the league, went on to win the next 12 league games.

Match Officials

Referee 1st Assistant 2nd Assistant 4th Official
Raymond Crangle Kristian Hanna Tom McKnight Raymond Hetherington

Mega Draw

A reminder that the first winners in the 125th Anniversary Mega Draw will be drawn at tomorrow’s game. If you haven’t got your ticket yet there’s still time: The Club Shop Blue Zone is open tonight (Friday) from 7-8:30 pm and tomorrow prior to the game for sale of Mega Draw tickets and Club merchandise.


The Annual Player awards will be made in the Bedeck Suite after the game and this will be followed by an evening of entertainment featuring music by the ever-popular Ronnie Mac and Margo.

Our Sponsors

Match Sponsor tomorrow is MP for the local Upper Bann constituency, David Simpson.

The Ball is sponsored by a quartet of fans comprising of George McNally, Brian Odgers, Laurence Davidson and Brian Odgers Jnr and Milne Funeral Services.

The Glenavon ‘Man of the Match’ sponsor is Craigavon Koi and Aquatics, located 3 miles from Lurgan heading towards Gilford in the village of Bleary. The company’s aim is to offer a wide range of fish and pond supplies all under one roof.

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsors Man of the Match Sponsor
David Simpson MP George McNally, Brian Odgers, Laurence Davidson, Brian Odgers Jnr + Milne Funeral Services Craigavon Koi and Aquatics


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.