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Danske Bank Premiership
Ards 0 Glenavon 1
MATCH SPONSOR: MR JONNY EDGAR
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
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