GLENAVON 2 LINFIELD 5
David Jeffrey’s reign as Linfield manager ended with a five-goal win at Mourneview Park
Jeffrey’s men got off to the perfect start when Mark McAllister turned in a Philip Lowry cross. It seemed to take an eternity to go in, bouncing twice before crossing the line.
Glenavon pulled level quickly when Tiarnan Mulvenna raced onto a Sammy McIlveen free kick to stab home the equaliser.
But the visitors were back in front a minute later when a Thompson cross was inadvertently flicked on by former Blues man Winkie Murphy for Ross Clarke to head Linfield back in front.
And they scored a third when they capitalised on some poor Glenavon defending. McAllister’s initial effort was saved and Eddie McCallion headed Thompson’s effort off the line but it left the Linfield striker with a simple tap in.
Goal number four came courtesy of a glancing header by Thompson after Lowry had fed Burns for the cross.
Aaron Burns made it five after Glenavon had made a defensive change. McAllister had set him free to burst through a very high home back line.
There was time for substitute Andrew Hoey to pull one back for Glenavon after Mulvenna had played a perfectly weighted pass for the Armagh teenager to finish.
Glenavon: McIlhone, McCallion, Murphy, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Rainey, Sykes, McDaid, McIlveen, Singleton, Mulvenna. Subs: O McKeown (Singleton 61), Rea, Dane (Lindsay 69), Hoey (Rainey 54), Dallas.
Goals: Mulvenna 13, Hoey 84
Linfield: Tuffey, Haughey, Lowry, Thompson, BJ Burns, A Burns, Ward, M Clarke, Garrett, McAllister, R Clarke. Subs: McVey (Haughey 71), Waterworth, Carvill, Tipton (McAllister 72), Mulgrew (BJ Burns 76).
Goals: McAllister 8; Thompson 14, 66; R Clarke 29, A Burns 70
Bookings: R Clarke 45
Referee: Colin Burns