IRISH LEAGUE: Glenavon seal top-six spot as Dungannon Swifts slump to derby defeat

David Elebert breaks the deadlock against Dungannon Swifts. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
David Elebert breaks the deadlock against Dungannon Swifts. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Glenavon’s season-long pursuit of top-six security in the Danske Bank Premiership standings was effectively cemented after just 30 minutes of the derby date with Dungannon Swifts.

Goals by David Elebert and James Gray left the Lurgan Blues in control and the final hour of play largely redundant - with Swifts boss Rodney McAree adamant that he had never seen a performance as “bad or as lacklustre”.

“It was brutal, there was a lack of heart, desire and commitment,” said McAree, who will bring his side back to Mourneview Park next month for an Irish Cup semi-final. “There was no passion and we didn’t put the opposition under any pressure so I’m very disappointed with the application from quite a few of the players.

“Maybe certain individuals have their eye on a different game but the league is our bread-and-butter and seventh is massive for the European play-offs.

“We have to correct this and there will be changes, probably quite a few, for next Saturday.

“It’s the only one that I’ve been involved in so I have to put it down to a one-off, it hasn’t happened to me before, a performance as bad or as lacklustre.”

Glenavon assistant manager Paul Millar returned to the matchday dug-out following the sudden death of his son, Philip.

“This football club has been really good to me,” said Millar. “But I couldn’t thank everybody enough for the support I’ve had from Irish League football during such an awful week.”