IRISH LEAGUE: Lurgan Blues hit six against Ballymena United

Glenavon's Bobby Burns celebrates
Glenavon's Bobby Burns celebrates

Ballymena United have work to do if they are to match our better their achievments last season after a 6-1 hammering by Glenavon at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

Up until the break the Sky Blues had matched their Lurgan rivals and if Matthew Shevlin had taken his two first half chances things may have been different.

But the home side failed to turn up for the second half and Gary Hamilton’s side went on the rampage and scored goals through Adam Foley, James Singgleton, Sammy Clingan, Andrew Hall, Bobby Burns and Andrew Mitchell, while United’s only reply came from Tony Kane.

United were poor in the second half but Glenavon looked the part.

They have the youthful energy of Burns, Rhys Marshall, and Mark Sykes, who are helped by the experience and know how of Jonathan Tuffey and Sammy Clingan.

The whole team played well in the second half and it was easy to see why they have scored 15 goals in their three league games to date.

Clingan moved the ball quickly on Saturday and the former Northern Ireland international was helped by the willing runners around him.

It was a good second half show from Glenavon but Ballymena were no-where to be seen.

United boss David Jeffrey will know his side will have to improve but even he will be at a loss to understand why his side played well in the first half and then played so poorly after the break?

The first half had been even but three minutes after the break Glenavon took the lead as United gave the ball away cheaply in midfield.

Foley was released and he fired past the advancing Glendinning to make it 1-0.

Foley is in a rich vein of form as he scored a hat-trick during the week against Ballinamallard United and he finished in style.

It was 2-0 in the 66th minute. A corner into the United box was steered home by Singleton as the United defence looked on.

Things then went from bad to worse for United in the 69th minute as Glenavon were awarded a penalty.

Up stepped Clingan and it was 3-0 and gameover.

It got worse a couple of minutes later as Hall curled home a fantastic free-kick to make it 4-0.

A shell shocked United were then awarded a penalty in the 79th minute after Cathair Friel was pulled down. Tony Kane stepped up to make it 4-1. But two minutes later it was 5-1 as Bobby Burns shot home and the visitors were flying, as United crumbled. Then right at the death Mitchell grabbed Lurgan’s sixth and final goal.