Glenavon book top six spot after beating Colerqaine

Glenavon's David Rainey celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0
Glenavon's David Rainey celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0


Glenavon have booked their spot in the top six after seeing off Coleraine.

There was a slow start to proceedings at Mourneview Park with the best of the early chances falling to Coleraine, Paul Owens’ cross just evading David McDaid.

Even the sending off of Gary Browne for scraping his studs down Winkie Murphy’s shins failed to spark the game to life.

Glenavon managed to break the deadlock on the stroke of half time through David Rainey, who powered the ball home after Ciaran Martyn’s initial effort had been blocked.

Thankfully the second half was much livelier and Coleraine pulled level when a lovely threaded ball by Joe McNeill found Adam Mullan to score.

But parity was only restored for three minutes as Glenavon found their way in front on the hour mark. David Rainey found Mark Patton inside the box, he played the ball to Martyn who took a touch before striking with his left foot past Ferry.

The former Glentoran man completed his brace when he scored with 12 minutes left, converting an Andy McGrory cross with a spectacular scissors kick.

GLENAVON: McGrath, McCallion, Murphy, Kilmartin, Bates, Rainey, Patton, Marshall, Martyn, Singleton, McCaul. Subs: Neill, Hamilton (Rainey 66), McGrory (McCaul 66), McKeown, Mulvenna

(Bates 80).

GOALS: Rainey 45; Martyn 60, 78.

COLERAINE: Ferry, Beverland, McIlmoyle, Hegarty, Douglas, Owens, Browne, Tommons, McDaid, McNeill, Mullan. Subs: Shannon, Ogilby, Watt, Jennings (Owens 78), Lindsay.

SENT-OFF: Browne 15

BOOKINGS: McNeill 87

GOALS: Mullan 57

REFEREE: Mervyn Smyth