Winning start for Glenavon at Foyle Cup

Glenavon's Chris Singleton celebrates his goal with Zach Capper. Pics by Presseye.
Glenavon's Chris Singleton celebrates his goal with Zach Capper. Pics by Presseye.

Glenavon Under 15s opened their Foyle Cup campaign with a superb 4-3 win over Norwich City.

The game got off to a flying start with both teams competing fiercely. Glenavon matched the English side in the early exchanges but a moment of real quality saw Norwich take the lead just inside the first ten minutes. Louis Lomas found himself in a yard of space on the edge of the box and let fly into the opposite corner to make it 1-0.

This seemed to give encouragement to the Lurgan Blues as they upped their levels and got right back into the game. Chris Singleton was rewarded for his bright movement up front as he rounded the keeper from a long ball and kept his composure to equalise. It was that man Singleton again five minutes later who put the Lurgan outfit ahead, latching onto another overhead ball to slide in his second from six yards out. Glenavon kept the ball well and saw out the remaining minutes of the half comfortably, leading 2-1.

The second half saw Norwich come out of the blocks a little quicker, the Canaries realising they needed something more to break down a resilient Glenavon. After some half chances, the equaliser finally came for City, Shaye La Rose finishing smartly under the keeper to level things up.

Again though the Blues kept their heads up and responded within two minutes. Lewis Smylie smashed a free kick which took a deflection and whizzed beyond a helpless keeper in the Norwich net. Glenavon had to stay resolute for the inevitable onslaught and Ryan Dowling was kept busy between the sticks. A rare second half breakaway however saw Ross Hull pick up the ball and loft a perfectly weighted strike over Harvey Simson to open a two goal lead. Nov Sonybruce got one back for the English side but the Lurgan boys defended admirably to wrap up an impressive upset in their first group game.

Glenavon Under 11s opened up with a 3-0 win over Eastdon and followed that up with another 3-0 win over St. Catherine’s. In their third game they lost 2-0 to Strathroy.