Magnificent seven as Glenavon rout Sport and Leisure Swifts

Glenavon's Robbie McDaid
Glenavon's Robbie McDaid

There was a magnificent seven for the Lurgan Blues, who eased into round six of the Irish Cup by thrashing Sport and Leisure Swifts 7-0.

Glenavon were three goals to the good inside the first 10 minutes against their Championship Two opponents. The first came on four minutes when a Mark Patton corner was cleared out as far as Brendan Shannon on the edge of the box, whose shot was turned in via a deflection off Jason Close.

Patton claimed another assist for the second goal, swinging in a corner for young defender Rhys Marshall to turn in.

The Swifts’ Jason Close was unfortunate to be accredited with the third after Glenavon’s Davy Rainey had done all the hard work; the defender getting the last touch to Rainey’s shot.

And it was 4-0 five minutes from the break with another deflected effort from Rainey, although this time he was to get the credit.

Two of the substitutes were to get on the scoresheet in the second half, with midfielder Sammy McIlveen scoring from the edge of the box just after the hour mark, and the Lurgan Blues reached the half dozen through Robbie McDaid who hammered home after being set up by Gary Hamilton.

New signing, Brian McCaul, set up the seventh, laying off for Kyle Neill to fire home.

GLENAVON: Coleman, Shannon, McCallion, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Hamilton, Rainey, Patton, Marshall, Martyn, McCaul. Subs: Neill (Marshall 60), McDaid (Rainey 46), McGrory, McKeown, McIlveen (Martyn 46).

SPORT AND LEISURE: Nugent, Quinn, O’Neill, McDonnell, Close, Johnston, Jenkins, J Lindsay, Donnan, Gallagher, Cunningham. Subs: Flanagan (Quinn 51), Corr (Johnston 62), Flynn, Moore (Donnan 51), Morris.

REFEREE: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)