Glenavon crash out of Europa League

Glenavon's Gary Hamilton in action against Reykjav�k
Glenavon's Gary Hamilton in action against Reykjav�k

On a night that was full of hope for Glenavon it all ended in dismay as they crashed 6-0 to KR Reykjavik at Mourneview Park.

A superb performance in the first leg had given Glenavon the chance to progress, but they never got going and in the end the class of the Icelandic full-timers saw them canter to victory.

With an vital away goal to their credit, it was crucial the Lurgan Blues scored first, but although they tried hard they could not deliver the cutting edge in the box when chances fell their way.

It could have been a brilliant start had Eoin Bradley found his range on 43 seconds but he dragged a low shot wide of the KR goal.

But it was the away team who had the ball in the net on five minutes when Chopart dashed clear as Glenavon appealed for offside and he easily beat Tuffey to make it 3-1 on aggregate.

Glenavon tried to recover from that blow but they were rocked again on 29 minutes when Chopart bagged his second with a cool finish. That was a hammer blow and all but sealed the win for the Icelandic side.

Bradley found some space and got in a shot but it was deflected away from goal by the keeper.

If Glenavon thought the first half had been tough it was to get even tougher after the restart. A soft penalty award allowed Fridjonsson to make it 3-0 on 52 minutes. Ciaran Martyn was out of luck as he burst into the box but his effort was blocked and then Mark Sykes had a effort palmed over the bar by the keeper.

As the Glenavon legs began to tire KR took advantage to cut through the home defence and add two more goals before the end.

Not the night Glenavon and their fans had hoped for, but the players will now take a short break before getting back into pre-season mode with some friendlies which they can now arrange.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Patton, Marshall, Kelly, Doyle, Cooper, Sykes, Martyn, Hall, Hamilton, Bradley.

Subs: Lindsay, McGrory, O’Mahoney, Kilmartin, Taylor, Moorhouse.