WARRENPOINT TOWN 1 GLENAVON 2
Glenavon edged back into the top six of the Danske Bank Premiership with this victory on Tuesday night.
Most of the early play went Glenavon’s way but there was a warning shot for the visitors when Daniel Hughes looked to capitalise on a bounce off Eddie McCallion; his low shot not really testing James McGrath.
The Lurgan Blues failed to take heed, though, and the ‘home’ side took the lead when Stephen Hughes linked up with brother Daniel, the striker firing past the keeper from inside the box.
Glenavon could have equalised but Guy Bates’ right footed effort was wide of the mark.
Brian McCaul headed over from close range after a Kyle Neill corner was flicked up for the winger.
Player/manager Gary Hamilton brought himself on in the second half and made an almost immediate impact, scoring after Jonny Cowan had given chase to the striker.
The visitors took the lead in bizarre circumstances when a stand-in keeper Blaine Parr tripped over a pass-back. Bates raced in to take advantage - although he too nearly fluffed his lines as the ball got stuck in the mud on it’s way in.
WARRENPOINT: B Hughes, King, Cowan, Parr, D Hughes, S Hughes, St McCabe, Bagnall, Moan, M Hughes, Boyle. Subs: Kearns, Smith, Devlin (Boyle 79), Grant, Havern.
GOALS: D Hughes 20
BOOKINGS: Parr 33, St McCabe 67
GLENAVON: McGrath, Neill, McCallion, Murphy, Kilmartin, Bates, Rainey, McKeown, Martyn, Singleton, McCaul. Subs: Hamilton (Rainey 53), Patton (Singleton 78), McGrory (McCaul 53), McCabe, Mulvenna.
BOOKINGS: McCaul 25, Hamilton 62
GOALS: Hamilton 60, Bates 78
REFEREE: Keith Kennedy.