HOW IT HAPPENED: Glenavon 3 Linfield 2

Glenavon grab full points with a dramatic 3-2 win over defending champions Linfield.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 7:28 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 7:30 pm
Action from Linfield's visit to face Glenavon at Mourneview Park

F-T: Glenavon 3 Linfield 2

87: SUB (Glenavon) - Douglas on for Purkis

78: Fitzpatrick and Purkis creating problems, once again, for the Linfield backline as the former's lofted pass over the top is met by the latter but a diving Johns cuts out the danger with an outstretched glove

75: SUB (Glenavon) - Moorhouse on for Hall

72: GOAL - Glenavon 3 Linfield 2 (Manzinga)

Substitute Manzinga cuts the gap with a curling in-swinging free-kick from wide on the left that finds the top corner

70: Lavery's pace results in an opening but he clears the crossbar from a tight angle with Hyland racing off his line

67: Clever footwork by Fallon ends in a clipped cross met by Waterworth's close-range glancing header but Hyland reacts to tip over the bar

61: SUBS (Linfield) - Waterworth and Manzinga on for Millar and Stewart

60: GOAL - Glenavon 3 (Purkis) Linfield 1

Well-worked corner-kick routine ends with Singleton's delivery converted by Purkis

58: Singleton's closing down rewarded with a deflection into the path of Campbell and he sends over a low cross controlled and fired goalwards by Fitzpatrick but it drops wide

55: Continued hard work by Fitzpatrick sparks Glenavon into attack, with Campbell feeding Snoddy with a clever flick but his shot deflected just wide

53: SUB (Glenavon) - Doyle on for Coates

50: Driving run from deep by Palmer ends in a free-kick on the edge of the area ultimately blocked by the wall - with Linfield boss David Healy asking the question why yellow over red for the foul

H-T: Glenavon 2 Linfield 1

42: Cooper skips inside Ward on the left wing but his low drilled shot ends up the wrong side of the upright

33: SUB (Linfield) - Quinn on for Larkin. Larkin limping off after receiving treatment

28: GOAL - Glenavon 2 (Fitzpatrick) Linfield 1

Fitzpatrick alert to fire home a loose ball in the box after Campbell's whipped in-swinging corner-kick is headed off the line by Callacher and Glenavon keep the attack alive.

21: Glenavon almost gain a reward for closing down the Linfield backline as Clarke's attempted clearance is blocked by Hall but Johns saves the winger's snapshot off the deflection

14: Stewart connects to Millar's header back across the packed penalty area but it lacks the power to trouble Hyland

13: GOAL - Glenavon 1 Linfield 1 (Lavery)

Lavery grabs an equaliser off his decisive header to convert Clarke's corner-kick.

Frustration for Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton as he felt an offside decision went against his side during the build-up play to the set-piece.

8: GOAL - Glenavon 1 (Coates) Linfield 0

Superb header home by Coates off Campbell's dangerous free-kick delivery from wide on the right

7: Great work tight on the left by Purkis ends in a clever turn and whipped cross just over both Fitzpatrick and Hall

3: Comfortable save for Johns at his near post after good play by Singleton results in Fitzpatrick firing off a snapshot from a tight angle

GLENAVON: Hyland, Coates, Purkis, Campbell, Hall, Snoddy, Harmon, Fitzpatrick, Singleton, Garrett, Ward.

Subs: A.Doyle, Byrne, Moorhouse, O'Connor, Douglas, J.Doyle, McCaffrey.

LINFIELD: Johns, Larkin, Haughey, Callacher, Stewart, Millar, Lavery, Clarke, Fallon, Palmer, Cooper.

Subs: Moore, Waterworth, Manzinga, Nasseri, Mulgrew, Pepper, Quinn.

Referee: Ian McNabb