Bates treble eases Lurgan Blues into quarter-finals

Glenavon's Guy Bates chips in his second goal against Ballinamallard
Glenavon's Guy Bates chips in his second goal against Ballinamallard

Striker Guy Bates had three reasons to be happy on Saturday.

The in-form hit-man notched a hat-trick to send Glenavon into the quarter finals of the Irish Cup.

His three goals sealed a good victory over Ballinamallard at Ferney Park.

Nigel Law, Glenavon first team coach said: “We knew it would be difficult coming to Ballinamallard.

“They had a spell in the first half where maybe they could have gone in 2-0 up or maybe even three, so we were really pleased that we had a spell in the second half where we played really well.

“We managed the game and did well on the counter attack. The scoreline suggests the game may have been a bit easier that it really was, but fair play to Ballinamallard.

“They did make us hard for us.”

Bates opened the scoring after just 10 minutes when he finished Andy McGrory’s excellent cross from the right.

Bates added number two in the second half when his long range effort was deflected before sneaking in a the bottom corner of Rouse’s net.

Bates added a penalty late on after he was brought down by Steve Feeney.

Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson rued his side’s early missed opportunities in the first half.

“At 1-0 I always thought we were still in the game and if we had scored a goal it would have given us a lift,” he said.

“The difference is that the last 20 minutes against Glenavon was not the same as the last 20 minutes we had in the Setanta Cup against St Patrick’s. I have told them they can’t afford to do that.”