Glenavon bow out fighting

10th July  2014  Photo by William Cherry/Presseye ''Glenavon's Guy Bates with FC Hafnarfjordur's Sean Reynolds and J'n Ragnar J'nsson during Thursday nights Europa League, 2nd leg match at Mournview Park.
10th July 2014 Photo by William Cherry/Presseye ''Glenavon's Guy Bates with FC Hafnarfjordur's Sean Reynolds and J'n Ragnar J'nsson during Thursday nights Europa League, 2nd leg match at Mournview Park.

Glenavon’s hopes of a winning exit from the Europa League were dashed by slick moving Hafnarfjordur at Mourneview Park on Thursday night but they put up a battling performance

The game finished 3-2 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate to the Icelandic outfit who are off the Belarus in the next round.

The game plan of trying to get the first goal disappeared on three minutes with Oskarsson having the goal at his mercy after Kris Lindsay and Kyle Neill both failed to clear a cross into the box.

Shane McCabe helped set-up Glenavon’s first attack on 7 minutes when he broke up an attack by FH, he slipped the ball to Kevin Braniff who played a great ball to Bates but he was closed down before getting his shot away.

A long throw from Conor Dillon caused panic in the FH box but the ball would not fall to a blue shirt and the danger was eventually cleared.

There a half chance when the goalkeeper failed to collect Kyle Neill’s free kick, Bradley nodded the ball into the box but Bovarsson cleared.

Glenavon kept pressing and Bates did well to pick out Bradley who was hacked down by Runarsson who picked up a yellow card for his challenge.

The Icelandic team struck again on 37 minutes with a sweetly taken goal from Emilsson on the half volley.

Hamilton had a chance to pull a goal back four minutes from the break but he skied his effort over the bar as he fell to the ground.

The home side were finally rewarded with two goals in two minutes to level the scores, first Kevin Braniff fired home from the edge of the box after connecting with a nod down from Martyn and then Eoin Bradley fired into an empty net after the keeper raced off his line and was beaten by the bounce of the ball.

After Marshall had a header cleared off the line the visitors broke quickly and won a soft penalty which was dispatched past Blayney by Emilsson.

Bradley almost grabbed a second goal when he broke into the box but his shot hit the base of the post. Conor Dillon also hit the woodwork with a header as Glenavon pushed to the end.

Glenavon: Blayney, Neill, Marshall, Dillon, Lindsay, McCabe, Martyn, Braniff, Bradley, Bates, Hamilton.

Subs: McKeown, McCallion, Rainey, Sykes, McIlveen, Hoey and McGrath.