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Linfield are on top of the Premiership following an impressive victory at Mourneview Park.
Glenavon took the lead against the run of play on 23 minutes with Guy Bates’ ninth goal of the season. The big striker rose to head in an Andy McGrory cross after the impressive Rhys Marshall had won possession from a challenge.
But Linfield were back on level terms six minutes from the break when Michael Carvill poked the ball home after Peter Thompson’s initial shot had been parried away by Glenavon’s débutante goalkeeper, John Connolly.
And they were ahead just after the break from the penalty spot. Andy Waterworth put the Blues in front following a rash challenge by Gareth McKeown on captain Michael Gault.
And within five minutes their lead was doubled when a Jamie Mulgrew cross was turned in by Philip Lowry.
The new league leaders could have added a fourth only for Peter Thompson getting in the road of a Billy Joe Burns header, while Glenavon’s best chance in the closing stages was a Guy Bates effort from outside the box with failed to trouble Jonny Tuffey.
In stoppage time Carvill was allowed to waltz through the Glenavon midfield before unleashing a powerful drive from the edge of the ‘D’ which cracked the crossbar.
Glenavon: Connolly, Murphy, Kilmartin, Bates, Rainey, Patton, McGrory, Marshall, McKeown, Martyn, Singleton. Subs: Neill (Patton 65), McCallion, Lindsay, Hamilton (Rainey 65), Farren (Martyn 78).
Linfield: Tuffey, McVey, Gault, Waterworth, Lowry, Thompson, Carvill, BJ Burns, Ward, Mulgrew, Quinn. Subs: A Burns (Mulgrew 80), Knowles, Tipton, Ervin, McCaul.
Referee: Colin Burns