Conor McCloskey doubled Glenavon's lead from the spot (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Saturday, 09 February 2019
Two second half goals helped Glenavon defeat bottom of the table Ards at Mourneview Park.
After a quiet opening to the game it was the visitors that created the first effort of note when Brendan Bennett produced a superb stop from Johnny Tuffey in turning the ball around the post.
Robbie Norton was then on hand to nod the subsequent set piece clear before Tuffey was called into action again to save a Damien McNulty header.
Glenavon finished the first half the stronger side with Cameron Stewart heading just wide before Stephen Murray and then Eoin Wearen saw later efforts just fail to find the target.
The Lurgan Blues should have gone ahead around ten minutes after the break following a run by Josh Daniels into the box with the ball laid off to Stewart but his shot was well blocked the Ards defence.
The ball did find the Ards net soon after but it was disallowed following a hand ball by player-manager Gary Hamilton.
But, moments later, the deadlock was broken when Daniels again laid the ball off for Stewart and this time he made no mistake with a deflected finish past Samuel Johnston.
The Ards keeper thwarted Hamilton a couple of minutes later with a good block but, on 70 minutes, Glenavon doubled their advantage courtesy of Conor McCloskey's successfully converted spot-kick after Stewart had been upended by the visiting keeper.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Marron, Larmour, Daniels, McCloskey, Norton, Murray, Singleton, Stewart, Wearen, Hamilton subs J. Taylor (not used), Barr (replaced McCloskey 78), Hunter (not used), Jenkins (replaced Stewart 71), Jameson (replaced Marron 75), O. Taylor (not used), Sharkey (not used)
Ards: Johnston, Byers, Taylor, E. McAllister, J. Kelly, Tommons, Nelson, Bennett, McCawl, Henderson, McNulty subs Mooney (not used), D. McAllister (not used), M. Kelly (replaced J. Kelly 66), Cherry (replaced McCawl 59), McLellan (replaced Henderson 46), McClean (not used), McAleenan (not used)
Referee: Ian McNabb