Marshall sets Blues on way to victory

Rhys Marshall and Tiarnan Mulvenna struck in the second half to give Glenavon a deserved 2-0 win at Warrenpoint on Wednesday night.

Glenavon had to fight all the way and remain patient with home goalkeeper Jonathan Parr in top form to keep the visitors at bay until 11 minutes from the end when Marshall finally hit the net.

Rhys Marshall - set Glenavon on the way to victory at Warrenpoint.

Rhys Marshall - set Glenavon on the way to victory at Warrenpoint.

There was an early chance for Eoin Bradley but he sliced his parting shot well wide of the goal. At the other end Conor Dillon did well to block a shot from Liam Bagnall.

Rhys Marshall broke clear on 14 minutes was he was harshly flagged for offside.

Glenavon were denied an opening goal on 28 minutes by Jonathan Parr, the keeper tipping over a powerful downward header from Kyle Neill who met a great cross from Guy Bates.

Warrenpoint were finding it hard to create anything from open play but they went close when Gargan sent a dipping free kick just over on 38 minutes.

Glenavon continued to press for the opener before the end of the half but they could not find a way through.

Gary Hamilton’s side continued to force the pace in the second half with Bates just failing to connect cleanly after a good ball in from Bradley.

On 61 minutes Bates got away from two defenders but his attempted curling shot was gathered by Parr.

The Warrenpoint keeper denied Glenavon again on 65 minutes this time parrying a shot from Andy McGrory before the ball was cleared ahead of the inrushing Braniff.

Parr was finally beaten on 79 minutes and it was the unlikely source of defender Rhys Marshall. He stayed up after a corner was cleared, Ciaran Martyn picked him out and the teenager whipped a great shot past the keeper.

The win was sealed four minutes later when Bates was hauled down in the box and Tiarnan Mulvenna drilled home the spot kick.