Hamilton to the rescue

Player manager Gary Hamilton snatched a dramatic late equaliser to earn a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Carrick Rangers at Taylors Avenue on Saturday.

Glenavon looked to be heading for defeat against the home side when Miguel Chines put them ahead ahead with three minutes to go.

Eoin Bradley on the ball against Carrick

Eoin Bradley on the ball against Carrick

The visitors went close on five minutes as Andy Hall got behind his marker and darted clear on the right, his cross seemed to be too strong for Kevin Braniff who struck out a boot and forced a near post save out of keeper Brian Neeson.

There was little between the sides in the early stages but it was Glenavon who found another opening on 11 minutes when Joel Cooper crossed for Hall to nod down by wide of the goal. A few minutes later Cooper hit a thumping drive which Neeson tipped into the top of the bar the chance set up by a delightful ball by Braniff.

Glenavon had looked comfortable at the back but on 20 minutes Gary Browne got to the byeline and pulled the ball back poast Johnny Tuffey but Kyle Neill was on hand to clear the danger.

Carrick’s dangerman Miguel Chines found space in the box on 25 minutes but his shot lacked any power to trouble Tuffey.

The Lurgan Blues were having plenty of possession but Carrick showed them the way to goal on 34 minutes. After Neill did well to block a shot by Browne a corner from Chines was met by Daniel Kelly and although Tuffey tried to gather the ball it slipped over the line. Once again Glenavon vulerable from the set-piece.

With no changes at the break Glenavon began the second half in a determined mood and pressing the home side in their own half Bradley did have the ball in the net with a well clipped back heel but the flag was up for offside.

With seven minutes to go Rhys Marshall made it 1-1 when set up by Hamilton and that seemed to be it but Chines nodded Carrick ahead again before Hamilton made it 2-2.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Neill, Dillon, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Bradley, Hall, Braniff, Singleton.

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