Andy Hall (45 1)
Sammy Clingan (89p)


Sammy Clingan scored from the spot late in the game for Glenavon (Picture: Tony Hendron/


Second placed Glenavon scored at the end of each half to defeat Carrick Rangers at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena.

Bobby Burns came closest to breaking the deadlock during a quiet opening half-an-hour when he struck the base of an upright with low effort from outside the area that had Rangers 'keeper Harry Doherty well beaten.

Moments before that Martin Maybin might have edged Rangers in front with an angled drive but Johnny Tuffey proved equal to the threat.

However, despite chances being at a premium, the first half didn't end scoreless when in stoppage time Andy Hall found a way through after directing a Sammy Clingan free-kick past Doherty.

The second half was equally as quiet for long periods but Rangers might have levelled when Maybin played Eamon McAllister through only for Clingan to block the shot with a timely challenge.

Glenavon pushed to add to their advantage as the second half progressed with Jamie Singleton seing a close range effort thwarted by another Doherty save while, five minutes from time, the home 'keeper did well again to deny a low Hall free-kick.

But that second goal eventually did come right at the end from the spot when Clingan sent Doherty the wrong way after McAllister had brought down Burns.

Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Smyth, Edgar, Gage, Chapman, Taggart, Maybin, Suarez, McAllister, Clarke, Roy subs Rice (not used), Morrow (replaced Clarke 67), Smith (not used), Mooney (replaced Roy 59), Green (replaced Suarez 61)

Glenavon: Tuffey, Burns, Kelly, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall, Sykes, Clingan, Singleton subs Griffin (not used), Patton (not used), McGrory (not used), Hamilton (replaced Daniels 78), Lindsay (replaced Kelly 90+2)

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 521

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