Rainey hat-trick as Blues ease through

David Rainey - hat-trick in Mid-Ulster Cup.
David Rainey - hat-trick in Mid-Ulster Cup.

David Rainey bagged a hat-trick as Glenavon cruised into the last four of the Mid-Ulster Cup after seeing off Laurelvale at Mourneview Park on Tuesday night.

It was the second match in two nights on the Mourneview pitch which was deemed unplayable on Saturday but the much changed team from the one that beat Ards on Monday night proved much too strong for the Intermediate B Division side.

Rainey opened the scoring with a well placed header on nine minutes from Andy Kilmartin’s corner. His second came from another corner on 21 minutes, this time a simple tap in and the hat-trick was complete a minute from the break when he swept the ball home after being teed up by Sammy McIlveen.

The game was played in torrid conditions with driving rain and gusting winds and full credit to both teams trying play football on the now soggy cut up surface.

Laurelvale pulled a goal back on the hour mark with Jamie Uprichard on target but soon after Kevin Short was on hand to force the ball over the line after the keeper could only parry a shot from James Singleton from a Jonny Dallas corner.

Glenavon won a penalty on 72 minutes when Sammy McIlveen was upended in the box, he got up and drilled the spot kick home.

Singleton then made it 6-1 with a superb finish while the final goal of the night came from the impressive Jonny Dallas.

A good night for Lurgan Blues and especially the younger players who certainly made a big impression on the coaching staff with their efforts in tough conditions.

Glenavon: Coleman, Shannon, Dane, Greenaway, Singleton, Short, Kilmartin (Dylan Glover 70), McIlveen, Patton (Dallas 45), Rainey (Owen McKeown 56) Corrigan.