Andrew Mitchell (08)
Andrew Mitchell (26)
Bobby Burns (33)
Andy Hall (43)


Andrew Mitchell celebrates his second goal with his Glenavon team-mates (©INPHO/Matt Mackey)


Glenavon produced a storming first-half performance to defeat Ballymena United at Mourneview Park.

Andrew Mitchell grabbed the opening goal after eight minutes when he pounced after United 'keeper Conor Brennan fumbled whilst attempting to gather a ball delivered from the left.

Josh Daniels might have added a second on 21 minutes when he fired into the side netting from a Bobby Burns pass but, just five minutes after that, Mitchell did secure Glenavon's second after turning to smash a left foot drive past Brennan from some 20 yards out.

Then, on 33 minutes, Burns extended Glenavon's lead after he pounced on Michael Gault's mistake to place the ball past Brennan into the corner of the net.

And it got even worse for the visitors a couple of minutes after that when they were reduced to ten men following Kyle Owens' challenge on Burns.

Glenavon went in at the break four goals to the good when, on 43 minutes, Andy Hall beat Brennan direct from a free-kick awarded after Gault's challenge on Mitchell.

Rhys Marshall almost added a fifth on 50 minutes when, from a Burns free-kick, he found himself in space only to head wide from close range.

United did create some opportunities during the second half through Cathair Friel, Leroy Millar and Fra McCaffrey but, in reality, it was little more than a ultimately fruitless damage limitation exercise.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Burns, Kelly, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall, Sykes, Clingan, Singleton subs Griffin, Marron, McGrory, O'Mahony, Norton

Ballymena United: Brennan, Owens, Gault, Thompson, Friel, Braniff, Burns, Ervin, McCullough, Millar, McKinney subs Glendinning, Flynn, McCloskey, Faulkner, McCaffrey

Referee: Arnold Hunter

Attendance: 1188

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