Adam Foley fired Glenavon in front with just over ten minutes to go (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 02 December 2017
Two late goals helped Glenavon to victory over Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena in game which saw both sides finished with ten men.
The first half-an-hour or so was littered with half chances as both sides tried to find their feet with Mark Sykes going closest for Glenavon after forcing Aaron Hogg into a smart save with Andy McGrory sending the rebound wide while, for Ards, Johnny Taylor fired just over from a corner.
Glenavon were reduced to ten men a few minutes before the break when Andrew Doyle was dismissed following a coming together with Jonah Mitchell for what was his second caution of the game.
Kyle Cherry almost broke the deadlock in the second half only to send the ball wide from a free-kick while, for Glenavon, James Singleton was presented with a free header at the back post but Hogg proved equal to the challenge.
The visitors eventually crafted the opening goal with eleven minutes to go after Sykes laid the ball off for Adam Foley to slot home.
Ards then suffered the dismissal of Taylor for his second booking before, not long after that, Sykes made it 2-0 after weaving through the defence and beating Hogg with a low shot.
Ards: Hogg, Glendinning, Elebert, Taylor, Ruddy, McMillen, Tommons, Cherry, McAllister, Mitchell, McLellan subs Kelly (not used), Hanley (not used), McComb (replaced Mitchell 75), Byers (replaced Glendinning 53), McArthur (replaced McAllister 60)
Glenavon: Tuffey, Burns, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Griffin, Mitchell, Sykes, Marron, McGrory, Singleton subs Patton (not used), Foley (replaced Griffin 60), O'Mahony (not used), Norton (replaced Mitchell 77), Jenkins (replaced Brush 90+3)
Referee: Keith Kennedy
|Bobby Burns||90 +3|
|Jordan Jenkins||90 +3|