Glenavon 3 - Ards 1
By Jana McCabe
With both teams only having picked up a point in the month of November, this clash at Mourneview Park was set to be crucial. Three changes in the side that lost to fellow relegation battlers Newry last weekend saw Eamon McAllister, David Elebert and Josh Kelly replaced by Kyle Cherry, Michael Kerr and Gareth Tommons.
In the first minute Kym Nelson’s header from a corner kick was just wide of the left hand post. A minute later Mark Kelly’s strong shot took a deflection off Caolan Marron to give Ards a corner, however, the corner was quickly cleared by the Glenavon defence.
In the ninth minute Stephen Murray’s header made Sam Johnston produce his first save of the day. An injury saw Ards make an early substitution in the sixteenth minute with Johnny Taylor being replaced by Adam McAleenan.
The opening goal of the game came in the twentieth minute when Rhys Marshall’s long ball to Stephen Murray saw his run and pass find Andrew Mitchell whose sliding strike found the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Michael Kerr’s shot from the edge of the box was saved by Glenavon keeper Tuffey in the twenty sixth minute as Ards looked for a quick equaliser. In the thirty ninth minute Murray’s shot from inside the box deflected wide of the right post. The resulting corner saw Kym Nelson vital header deny a Glenavon threat.
Good teamwork between Kyle Cherry and David McAllister presented Jonny Frazer with a goalscoring opportunity but he was brought down in the box, but the referee ignored the penalty appeals from the Ards players and supporters. The half ended 1-0.
Cherry’s shot from outside the box curled over the bar in the early stages of the second period as Ards looked for an early second half goal.
In the fifty fifth minute Glenavon doubled their lead when Mitchell’s cross to Daniels saw his shot find the left side of the net to make it 2-0.
Johnston then did well to block Mark Sykes’ acrobatic shot in the fifty ninth minute. Sammy Clingan’s shot from distance then sailed over the bar as Glenavon continued to push for a third.