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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 0 Glenavon 1


A second half goal from Greg Moorhouse gave Glenavon victory at Bangor Fuels Arena despite a valiant effort from the home side.

On a day that the entire bottom six lost, we were similarly out of luck against the Lurgan Blues who, with Moorhouse’s strike recorded a single goal victory against us for the second time this season.

Early on, it appeared as if Ards had gone in front however, when a low drive from Jamie Douglas on 14 minutes squeezed its way through the Glenavon box and past Jonny Tuffey, but the goal was ruled out after glancing the offside Emmet Friars on its way in.

Four minutes later and a long ball out of the Ards defence put Joe McKinney through on goal but his one-on-one shot was deflected away by the legs of Tuffey.

In what was an impressive first half for Ards, Friars also came close when he put a header against the crossbar and then from another corner Johnny Taylor put a shot over the bar from a good position.

Towards the end of the half Glenavon had probably their best chance to date when Moorhouse released Eoin Bradley along the right side but after cutting in to shoot, he was denied by a block from Hogg.

The second half brought Glenavon closer still to taking the lead when they were awarded an early penalty. A short pass to Bradley inside the area saw him turn too quickly for defender Stuart McMullan to handle and the Blues were awarded the spot kick. After a string of misses from outfield players this season, the responsibility this time fell to keeper Tuffey, who would see his low kick turned brilliantly onto the bar by Aaron Hogg.

Not long after there were strong shouts for a penalty at the other end when Joe McKinney broke into the Glenavon box. As the Ards man prepared to shoot Kyle Neill came sliding in to make a blocking tackle, with the Ards camp claiming the defender had parried the ball away with his arm but ref Lee Tavinder dismissed the claims.

The 63rd minute brought the game’s only goal. Rhys Marshall had the initial shot from just outside the area and although Hogg did well to push away the shot to his right, Moorhouse was the quickest to react and he followed up to slid the ball into an unguarded net.

Moorhouse would later be denied a second goal when Hogg produced a decent save. With just three minutes of the match to run, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Joel Copper picked up what seemed a harsh second yellow card of the game but Glenavon held on to increase their lead over Ards in the table to five points.

12th November 2016


18 Aaron Hogg, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 4 Stuart McMullan, 5 Johnny Taylor, 2 Greg Hall, 6 David McCullough, 20 Kyle Cherry, 10 Joe McKinney, 7 Craig McMillen, 11 David McAllister, 40 Jamie Douglas


14 Fra Brennan, 16 Gareth Tommons (for McCullough 85), 17 Carl McComb (for Douglas 56), 19 Guillaume Keke (for McAllister 56), 22 Jamie Rea


Lee Tavinder


Hall (29)



Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Niall reacts to penalty denial (BBC Sport NI)

Picture: Andrew McCullough
Match sponsor Jonny Edgar present Aaron Hogg with his man of the match award
Picture: Ivor Edgar