Glenavon undone at The Oval

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Glenavon’s recent good run came to an end at The Oval as Glentoran came out on top 2-0 on a day when little happened for the visitors.

A goal in each half was enough to seal Glenavon’s fate, but they put in enough effort and despite not having many chances they perhaps deserved something from the game.

Glentoran's Steven Gordon gets to grips with Glenavon's Simon Kelly at at rain lashed Oval on Saturday.

Glentoran's Steven Gordon gets to grips with Glenavon's Simon Kelly at at rain lashed Oval on Saturday.

Driving rain and a strong wind greeted both teams as they came out for the start and it took time for them to adapt.

Glenavon had the first sight of goal on seven minutes with Mark Sykes drilling a shot over the bar.

On 14 minutes the Glens launched a quick break when Curtis Allen got in behind but as he tried to pick out Gordon in the box Jonny Tuffey cut out the danger.

Both sides found it hard to control the ball but the Glens hit the woodwork on 22 minutes when a Ciaran Caldwell free kick came back off the bar, when the cross came in again Caldwell got in a header which Tuffey failed to hold but Simon Kelly stepped in the clear the threat.

Glentoran grabbed the lead on 31 minutes when Steven McCullough’s free kick was glanced into the net by Jonathan Smith.

The visitors almost hit back within a few minutes as Bradley and Hall linked up well and when the cross came in Joel Cooper struck a low drive which Elliott Morris did well to save. Then Hall dashed clear of his marked and cut the ball back for Sykes but his attempt on goal was blocked.

Just before the break Tuffey prevented the Glens from doubling their lead with a point blank save to deny Gordon.

With the wind in their favour Glenavon made a solid start to the second half and they had a chance to go for goal when Nial Henderson picked up a yellow in conceding a free kick when he felled Cooper. Hall struck his free over the wall but Morris tipped the ball away for a corner.

Glenavon went even closer on 53 minutes when Cooper’s corner was met by Lindsay, the ball beat Morris but Holland was on hand to clear off the line.

The home side rarely troubled the Glenavon back line for most of the second half but the visitors could not find that elusive break to have a clean shot on goal.

As the clock ticked down Mark Patton came on for Cooper and not long after Gary Hamilton replaced Simon Kelly as the Lurgan Blues went three at the back.

With nine minutes to go a chance finally came when Marshall had the chance to shoot but his effort was blocked before it could trouble the keeper.

Declan O’Brien came on for Bradley but it was the Glens who sealed the win on 86 minutes and Steven Gordon was the man on target with a fine finish that gave Tuffey no chance.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Dillon, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Bradley, Hall, Sykes, Kearns.

Subs: Neill, Patton, McGrory, O’Brien, Hamilton.