GLENAVON 5 WELDERS 1
Glenavon sunk the Welders’ dreams of progressing in the Irish Cup with a professional performance at Mourneview Park.
Marc Brown put the hosts into a 10th minute lead after Gay Bates, who had been fed in by Gary Hamilton, fed the left winger through.
The Welders, though, were made of steel early on and forced Andy Coleman into diving at full stretch on 14 minutes as Aaron McKee’s free kick was flicked on by Scott Adams.
But their good spell soon ended and Guy Bates made it 2-0 on 37 minutes. The big striker was body checked but referee Andrew Davey played the advantage. Welders’ keeper Tony Miskelly’s clearance was poor and the Geordie was able to slot home from 30 yards.
The game was over as a cup-tie by the 42nd minute when the impressive Bates slipped Ciaran Martyn to round Miskelly for the third goal of the afternoon.
But Glenavon weren’t done there and Andy McGrory, who had come on for the injured Hamilton, side footed a fourth from another sublime Bates ball.
Sixteen-year-old Robbie McDaid, another product of the Glenavon youth system, made it five with a neat finish after being fed through by McGrory.
Glenavon pushed for a sixth but Conor Hagan’s shot was parried by the Welders’ keeper and Martyn fired wided from Andy Kilmartin’s layoff.
The Welders did deny the hosts a clean sheet. The referee had appeared to give Glenavon a free-kick for a hand ball but instead had given it to the visitors. It was taken quickly and Scott Adams scored with a low drive.
Glenavon: Coleman, Neill, McCallion, Haughey, Kilmartin, Doherty, Bates, Lindsay, Brown, Martyn, Hamilton. Subs: Hagan (Bates 65), McGrory (Hamilton 24), Turkington, Henderson, McDaid (Haughey 46).
Bookings: Lindsay 36,
Goals: Brown 10, Bates 37, Martyn 42, McGrory 50, McDaid 55
HW Welders: Miskelly, McMillan, Armstrong, Adams, McMurray, Magee, Larmour, Harris, McKee, Garrett, Devine. Subs: Muir (McMurray 73), Wilkinson, Reid (McKee 60), Black (Larmour 60), Cooling.
Bookings: Armstrong 40
Goals: Adams (92)
Referee: Andrew Davey.