James Singleton (65)


Matthew Snoddy (49)
Kyle Neill (OG) (76)


Andy Kilmartin and Matthew Snoddy rise for the ball (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)


An own goal in the final quarter-of-an-hour saw Crusaders collect a maximum return from this visit to Mourneview Park.

Kevin Braniff might have handed Glenavon the early lead only to curl the ball just wide from a Joel Cooper cross.

At the other end Paul Heatley came close for the Crues with a snapshot which Johhny Tuffey did well to gather.

Jordan Owens almost sent the Crues in at half-time a goal to the good only to fire straight at Tuffey with the goal at his mercy.

The deadlock was finally broken four minutes after the break when Matthew Snoddy followed up after a Heatley effort was cleared off the line.

Glenavon levelled on 65 minutes after Eoin Bradley and Andy Hall combined for the latter to cross from right for James Singleton to tuck the ball home from six yards.

But, with just under a quarter-of-an-hour left, Crusaders regained the lead in fortunate circumstances after a Michael Carvill ball across the face of goal took a deflection off Kyle Neill and into his own net.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Neill, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Bradley, Hall, Braniff, Elebert, Singleton subs Patton (replaced Neill 84), McGrory (replaced Elebert 59), O'Brien (not used), Hamilton (replaced Kilmartin 87), Sykes (not used)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Robinson, Forsythe, McClean, Owens, Snoddy, Heatley, Whyte, Mitchell subs Stewart (not used), Molloy (not used), McKibbin (not used), Carvill (replaced Whyte 64), Vauls (not used)

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Attendance: 963

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