Glenavon’s new coach got his first game under his belt on Saturday with the friendly in Dublin.
Niall Donnelly was appointed last Thursday night by manager Gary Hamilton.
The 33-year-old coached Shamrock Rovers U19 team and holds a UEFA B Licence.
A towering 6’ 5” central defender, Niall played for UCD, Limerick, Bray Wanderers, Athlone Town and Drogheda United.
“It has been a hectic three weeks,” said Niall. “The offer came out of the blue through Tony Grant and Dean Fitzgerald. It is a great opportunity to work in the Irish League with a top team like Glenavon.
“I have had a few sessions with the players, but I can’t wait to get working with the full squad. At this time of the year players are away on holidays, but I’m very impressed with what I have seen so far.
“There are a number of young players with great potential which is important for any club.”