GLENAVON 0 CLIFTONVILLE 2
CLIFTONVILLE stretched their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership to four points after another impressive team performance at Mourneview Park.
The goals all came in the first half with Glenavon deservedly behind at the break, although they will feel that the penalty from which the opening goal came was harshly given. Joe Gormley was adjudged to have been fouled by Kris Lindsay, although contact appeared to be minimal at the very most. George McMullan confidently dispatched the spot kick.
The league leaders marched into a 2-0 lead on 23 minutes after a defensive error. Martin Donnelly broke down the left hand side. Home goalkeeper Andy Kilmartin hesitated then came out to block the initial shot but Donnelly didn’t give up on the chance and his cross on the loose ball from the by-line was turned in by Eddie McCallion.
In fairness to the hosts they did play marginally better in the second half with their best chance coming when Andy McGrory shot wide on 74 minutes, although they never caused Conor Devlin to make any saves.
Liam Boyce should have added a third right at the death when he won the ball from Lindsay but he fired wide.
GLENAVON: Coleman, Neill, McCallion, Haughey, Kilmartin, Doherty, Lindsay, Brown, McCashin, Mitchell, Hamilton. Subs: Burrows (Mitchell 72), Singleton (Neill 52), McGrory (Kilmartin 52), Turkington, White.
YELLOW CARDS: Lindsay (23), McCallion (78), Singleton (84)
CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, Scannell, Johnston, Holland, Caldwell, McMullan, Donnelly, Smyth, Gormley, Boyce. Subs: Garrett (Gormley 72), Seydak (Scanell 61), Catney, Cosgrove, Knowles (Caldwell 78).
GOALS: McMullan (15, penalty); McCallion own goal (23).
YELLOW CARDS: McMullan (80)
REFEREE: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)