Leeds ease to victory on special anniversary night for Glenavon

David Healy ' making a special appearance for Glenavon ' takes on the Leeds United defence
David Healy ' making a special appearance for Glenavon ' takes on the Leeds United defence

Not even David Healy could prevent Glenavon from being thrashed by Leeds United, but Gary Hamilton’s side will take heart from their performance in Wednesday night’s glamour friendly.

The Lurgan Blues look set to pocket a fortune from the game – which was arranged in time for the club’s 125th anniversary – following the transfer of teenager Robbie McDaid to the Yorkshire outfit.

Leeds took a 19th-minute lead. A slip by Andy Kilmartin while he was attempting to make a clearance allowed the ball to fall nicely for Chris Dawson to roll his shot into the net on 19 minutes.

Glenavon gave their Championship opponents as good as they got, and almost pulled level when David Rainey saw a chance go wide from a tight angle after being played a peach of a ball by Tiarnan Mulvenna.

Mulvenna then made way for Healy, who lashed a free-kick straight at Paddy Kenny.

Dawson grabbed a second two minutes into the second half, and he contributed a third just after the hour mark from the penalty spot – Rhys Marshall being found guilty of bringing down Matt Smith.

Smith had time to add a fourth before the night was out, and Eoghan Stokes made it 5-0 on 81 minutes.

GLENAVON: McGrath, Marshall, Neill, Braniff, Dillon, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Mulvenna, Bates, Bradley, Rainey.

Subs: McKeown (Neill 50), Blaney (McGrath 46), McCallion (Dillon 50), Murphy (Neill 50), Hamilton (Healy 68) Healy (Mulvenna 23), Dane (Braniff 68) 72) Foley (Rainey 50), Lowry (Bradley 50).

LEEDS UTD: Kenny, Berardi, Taylor, Purver, Killock, Skelton, Phillips, Smith, Poleon, Dawson, Mowatt. Subs: Denton (Purver 65), Coker (Killock 65), Stokes (Skelton 65). Cook (Berardi 60), Swan, Booker (Phillips 60), Cairns.

REFEREE: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)