Dollingstown 4-2 Glenavon

Glenavon led twice in this preseason encounter but the hosts staged a second half comeback to earn a victory with some good finishing. Gary Hamilton, who came on as a substitute in the 80th minute lasted only 15 seconds before picking up a head wound in an aerial collision with Mark Savage that forced him off and will require a few stitches according to physio Lynne Carpenter. On a more positive note, Mark Haughey played the first 45 minutes, on his return to action following a groin problem.

Mark Haughey wins this aerial battle. Photo by Alan Weir.

Adam Dick had given Glenavon a half time lead when he stroked the ball home from Darren Munce’s cross and the visitors also hit the bar twice during the first period. Gerard Rooney also had the ball in the net from a corner but the assistant referee ruled that the ball had gone out of play.

Gerard Rooney and Andy Kilmartin (7) congratulate Brendan Shannon after he put Glenavon back in front. Photo by Alan Weir.

Richie Thompson restored parity in the 59th minute with a good finish after running on to a ball over the top but Lurgan Blues skipper Brendan Shannon put his side in front again with a screamer from 30 yards in the 65th minute following good link up play by left back Dan McGarry and Ormond Okunaiya with Andy Kilmartin laying McGarry’s cross off for the skipper to strike.

Mark Savage sticks tight to Gerard Rooney. Photo by Alan Weir.

Aaron Moffett equalised for the hosts with a back post header from a corner with the referee ignoring Glenavon claims for a foul as the corner came over.

Aaron Moffett heads in to make it 2-2. Photo by Philip Hawthorne

Chris Mackle put Dollingstown ahead in the 70th minute after an error by Daniel Devine in the visitor’s goal, his weak punch from a corner falling straight to Mackle inside the box. Thompson scored his second of the night when he raced down the right wing and cut inside before firing low into the opposite corner.

Gary Hamilton staunches the blood from his head wound. Photo by Philip Hawthorne

Glenavon team: Devine, Shannon (c), Haughey (Dane 46), Bradley (Cochrane 68), McGarry, Munce (Devlin 68), Trialist, Kilmartin, Okunaiya (Greenaway 80), Dick (Hamilton 80 (Dick 80), Rooney.