Andy Hall (13)
Mark Sykes (85)
Gregory Moorhouse (90 1)

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Andy Hall is congratulated after opening the scoring (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)

HALL SETS LURGAN BLUES UP FOR THREE-GOAL WIN

Glenavon's hopes of securing a top six spot took a big step forward with this three-goal defeat of Ballinamallard United.

The visitors had an early chance when Jason McCartney got into a good position to test Johnny Tuffey with a volley 

Glenavon moved into the lead after 13 minutes when a Rhys Marshall run and cross into the box wasn't cleared allowing Andy Hall the opportunity to blast the ball past 'keeper Richard Brush.

Greg Moorhouse threatened midway through the half when he fired a dangerous ball into the area but the Mallards defence manage to clear the threat before a low effort from Marshall was kept out by Brush.

Guy Bates was a constant threat for Glenavon and his craft almost led to a second goal on 53 minutes when he created an opening for Joel Cooper only for the ball to cleared off the line.

At the other end, just after the hour, Shane McGinty tested Tuffey with a crisp effort but the 'keeper was equal to the challenge.

However, the game was over as a contest with a couple of minutes remaining when Mark Sykes doubled Glenavon's lead after a mishit Ciaran Martyn effort fell for him.

Then, in stoppage time, Moorhouse added a third with a finish into an empty net after being released by Bates and beating a defender.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Canning, Marshall, Cooper, Hall, Marron, Moorhouse, Martyn, Elebert, Singleton, Bates subs Hamilton (replaced Hall 83), Kilmartin (not used), Sykes (replaced Cooper 78), Gray (not used), Renato (not used)

Ballinamallard United: Brush, Hutchinson, McLaughlin, McKenna, Lafferty, Feeney, McGinty, Mayse, McCartney, Elliott, McIlwaine subs Taheny (not used), Owens (replaced Elliott 65), Morris (replaced McKenna 21), Curran (replaced Mayse 46), McGrath (not used)

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 757