IRISH CUP: Glenavon ease past the Welders at Tillysburn

Welders' Sammy Devine with Glenavon's Joel Cooper
Welders' Sammy Devine with Glenavon's Joel Cooper


Glenavon booked their place in the sixth round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup as they coasted past Harland and Wolff Welders at Tillysburn Park.

The game went ahead after passing two pitch inspections, and right up until kick-off Welders committee members and players were clearing water off the surface.

Andy Hall was to put the Lurgan Blues in front in the 20th minute. Paul Dickson fouled Eoin Bradley on the edge of the box. The winger took the resulting free-kick, dispatching the ball around the wall and into the net with as sweet a shot as you will see.

Bradley added Glenavon’s second with a simple header on 63 minutes. A Hall free-kick was knocked back into the box by Daniel Kearns, and with the goalkeeper scambling all the big striker had to do was outjump a defender and knock the ball into the net.

The Welders were back in the game just three minutes later when a quickly taken freep-kick found Scott Davidson, and he buried his shot to punish a snoozing Glenavon defence.

But Glenavon made sure of their place in the sixth round draw when another Hall corner was converted by Bradley’s head.

And in stoppage time Joel Cooper added a fourth when substitute Gary Hamilton lifted the ball through for the tricky winger to dribble through the Welders defence and finish cooly past Dougherty.

HW WELDERS: Dougherty, McMillan, Armstrong, Dickson, Spence, McMurray, Devine, Davidson, Devine, Cahoon, Rainey. Subs: Bowers, Deans, Middleton, Smyth, Galbraith.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Dillon, Kelly, Lindsay, Marshall, Kilmartin, Sykes, Cooper, Hall, Kearns, Bradley. Subs: Patton, McGrory O’Brien, Hamilton (Kearns 85), Braniff.

REFEREE: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)