GLENAVON 1 CRUSADERS 0
GLENAVON claimed their first win of the season on Saturday as they beat Crusaders 1-0 at Mourneview Park.
New signing Guy Bates bagged his second goal of the league season and that proved enough to see off Crusaders, who created little in front of goal and rarely threatened Blues’ keeper Andy Coleman
The home side got what was a deserved opener on 57 minutes when Marc Brown made a great interception and thumped a ball through the Crues’ defence to find Bates, who ducked past David Magowan and finished fantastically into the bottom corner.
The Blues could have extended their advantage but Andy McGrory was denied his first senior goal when his 83rd minute strike, which looked to be over the line, wasn’t given.
A Glenavon-dominated first half had offered little by way of chances, Conor Hagan spurning the best as his header was cleared off the line after great work by Gary Hamilton on the left flank.
It could have been more for Glenavon but one was enough as they doubled their points tally for the season.
GLENAVON: Coleman, Brown, McCashin, McCallion, Shannon, Neill, Kilmartin, Doherty, Hagan (McGrory 58), Hamilton (Haughey 90), Bates (Burrows 94).
Unused Subs: Singleton, White.
Goal: Bates 57
Yellow cards: Doherty 24, Brown 41.
CRUSADERS: O’Neill, Leeman, Magowan, Watson, McClean, Gibson, Morrow (McMaster 68), Caddell, Heatley (Rainey 75), McCutcheon, Adamson (Owens 75).
Unused Subs: Snoddy, Drummond.
Yellow cards: Leeman 17, McClean 33, Watson 54.
Referee: Mark Courtney