LISBURN DISTILLERY 0 GLENAVON 1
Glenavon dominated the first half as their counterparts’ star man was goalkeeper, Lee Windrum.
He was called into action as early as the second minute. Kyle Neill got to the byline and played a low ball in for Gary Hamilton inside the six-yard box but Windrum, who had a spell at the Lurgan Blues once upon a time, did well to block the shot for a corner.
A long ball from defence found Guy Bates on 20 minutes. He laid off for Hamilton who turned and played the ball back to the big Geordie whose shot was blocked once more by Windrum.
But the deadlock was broken just a minute later, Ciaran Doherty putitng Glenavon ahead as he poked Brendan Shannon’s cross home at the back post.
They could have had a second when Marc Brown headed a Kyle Neill cross towards goal at the back post but again Windrum was called into action, pushing it away from goal.
The Whites came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half as they searched for an equalizer. Andy Hunter’s header from Johnny Harkness’ corner came off the crossbar on 51 minutes.
A few minutes later Jordan Hughes’ chance was blocked but it fell to Gary Liggett whose toe-poke forced a one-handed save by Andy Coleman.
But Glenavon finished strongly and Gary Hamilton came close to adding a second when his looping half-volley was stopped by Windrum, but the goalkeeper dropped it and did well to recover the ball on the line.
And Bates jinked through the Distillery defence, shooting low with Windrum once again proving to be Glenavon’s foe.
Lisburn Distillery: Windrum, Smyth, Harkness, Hunter, McCullough, Davidson, Halliday, Liggett, Hughes, McVeigh, Forsythe. Subs: Brennan, Ferguson, Hall, Beggs, Traynor.
Bookings: Harkness (45), Hunter (90+3)
Glenavon: Coleman, Shannon (c), McCashin, McCallion, Brown, Neill, Doherty, Kilmartin, Hagan, Bates, Hamilton. Subs: Haughey, Burrows, Singleton, McGrory (Hagan 60), White.
Goals: Doherty (21)
Bookings: Shannon (66), Doherty (90)
Referee: Tim Marshall.