Dungannon Swifts 0-4 Glenavon

Gary Hamilton, who sat out this Belfast Telegraph Mid-Ulster Cup Semi-final game serving a suspension, watched from the stand and declared himself “Very impressed with the young lads who played tonight. Mitchell took his two goals very well and could have had a hat trick.”

Andrew Mitchell celebrates after scoring the second of his two goals. Photo by Alan Weir.

Andrew Mitchell had a very impressive game up front, scoring his first two senior goals and setting up Chris Lavery for the third after Gerard Rooney had given Glenavon a 26th minute lead.

The win sees holders Glenavon safely through to the Final against either Loughgall or Newry City on Tuesday March 20th.

Both sides were under-strength due to injuries and suspensions but served up a fairly entertaining game with some good football on display. Only Andy Coleman, Mark Miskimmin and Chris Lavery have any real first team experience for Glenavon so this result is a real credit to Gerard McMahon’s Reserve team and his backroom staff. Just last April Mitchell’s goal helped Glenavon’s Under 18 side to win the Harry Cavan Youth Cup for the first time in the Club’s history and several other of the players on show tonight also featured in that historic win.

Scott Adams tackles Shea Campbell. Photo by Alan Weir.

First Half

11: Michael McKee had a powerful shot which Curran beat out and Miskimmin took too long to get the rebound under control and the danger was cleared
20: McGarry misjudged a long ball into the Glenavon box and Conor Forker ran in behind him but Coleman did brilliantly to come off his line and tackle the Swifts forward and clear the ball with his boot.
22: Coleman in action again as he pushed away McGerrigan’s well-struck shot
26: 0-1 Gerard Rooney scored the opening goal with a well directed header from a pinpoint cross by Mark Miskimmin

Swifts keeper Jonny Curran dives to his left but can't reach Gerard Rooney's well-placed header. Photo by Alan Weir.

33: McKee did well despite being tightly marked on the Swifts bye-line and he managed to lob the ball onto the top of the crossbar from an almost impossible angle
35: McGerrigan beat Glenavon right back McVeigh and crossed for Shea Campbell but again Coleman was on top form and tipped his shot over the bar.
38: Coleman made a great save to deny Darren Murphy’s 12 yard shot as the ball ricocheted around the Glenavon box and eventually fell to the ex-Glenavon midfielder’s favourite left foot.
39: 0-2 Andrew Mitchell was sent clear by a great through ball from Niall Lavery and he showed great composure to coolly take it round the keeper before slotting into the empty net.

Second Half

46: McGerrigan replaced at half time by 14 Ryan O’Neill
46: Murphy curled a free kick narrowly wide of Coleman’s right hand post
65: James Lindsay replaced Miskimmin for Glenavon
67 Stefan Lavery and Danny McNulty replaced Forker and Funston for Dungannon
72: Campbell’s shot from the edge of the area cannoned off Coleman’s chest and away from danger. Cool work by the Glenavon keeper.
84: 0-3 Great control by Mitchell before he slipped a lovely pass into the run of Chris Lavery. He outpaced the defender and slotted a low shot past Curran’s right hand.

Chris Lavery wheels away after scoring Glenavon's third goal. Photo by Alan Weir.

85: Another good save by Coleman to deny Phillip Donnelly’s header and he makes a clean catch from the resulting corner
89: 0-4 Mitchell completed his double with a lovely left foot finish after he was played in by a great diagonal pass by Darren McKnight

Gerard McMahon was giving the orders from the bench. Photo by Alan Weir.

Teams

Dungannon Swifts: Curran, Heffernan, Liam Donnelly, Baldwin, Collins, Murphy, C. Forker, Funston, Campbell, P. Donnelly, McGerrigan. Subs: Ryan O’Neill for McGerrigan (HT), Stefan Lavery for Forker (67), Daniel McNulty for Funston (67)

Glenavon: Coleman, McVeigh, McGarry, Niall Lavery, Gordon, Adams, McKee, Rooney, Miskimmin, Mitchell, Chris Lavery. Subs: Lindsay for Miskimmin (65), Munce for Rooney (75), McKnight for C Lavery (85)

Preview: Dungannon Swifts v Glenavon

Tonight’s Belfast Telegraph Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final at Stangmore Park (7:45pm) features a re-match between last year’s finalists.Trevor Molloy and Gary Hamilton got the goals in a 2-0 win over the Swifts that saw Glenavon retain the trophy then.

Hamilton is back now and at the helm for Glenavon but he misses playing in tonight’s game after being sent off in the final moments of Saturday’s Irish Cup win over Portadown. Ciaran Doherty is also suspended having picked up 5 cautions and with a growing injury list that now includes central defenders Jay Magee and Jonny Magee and with Kris Lindsay facing another lengthy spell out with a cruciate injury Gary says “It’s unfortunate but we can’t take any risks with further injuries tonight so it will be a chance for some of the lads from the Reserves to step up to the plate and show what they can do.”