Glenavon's winning goalscorer Jordan Jenkins is presented with the NI Hospice Charity Shield by Sir Bruce Robinson (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 30 July 2016
Ten-man Glenavon claimed the NI Hospice Charity Shield with a narrow victory over Crusaders at Mourneview Park.
Crusaders started brightly, almost grabbing the opening goal after just four minutes when Philip Lowry was unable to keep the ball on target after it came off Kris Lindsay.
Another chance followed midway through the first half when Gavin Whyte embarked on a run only to fire low at Johnny Tuffey.
Glenavon were reduced to ten men on 27 minutes when Mark Patton was shown a straight red card by referee Keith Kennedy after bringing down Whyte from behind.
The Crues continued to press with David Cushley forced a good save from Tuffey but perhaps the best move of the half came towards the break when Paddy McCourt and Rhys Marshall linked up to release Declan O'Brien but his scuffed shot was scrambled away by Sean O'Neill.
Moving into the second half, Andy McGrory teed up O'Brien only for his effort to well saved while Jordan Forsythe might have broken the deadlock at the other end with a well directed header only for Andrew Doyle to clear off the line.
However, the goal the game was crying out for eventually arrived with 12 minutes remaining through Glenavon's teenage substitute Jordan Jenkins when he got the final touch after a Hamilton free-kick ricocheted around the area after the Crues defence failed to clear.
A short time later Marcio Soares came close to levelling for Stephen Baxter's side but Tuffey got down well to save his low effort.
Indeed, Tuffey was called into action again to deny Cushley and once more to thwart Billy Joe Burns deep into stoppage time but, in the end, nothing was going to stop the Lurgan Blues claiming the first silverware of the new season.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Patton, McGrory, Moorhouse, McCourt, Bates subs Hamilton (replaced McCourt 62), Doyle (replaced Kelly 46), Taylor (not used), O'Brien (replaced Moorhouse 32), Elebert (replaced Lindsay 46), Jenkins (replaced O'Brien 70)
Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Beverland, Coates, McClean, Lowry, Clarke, Whyte, Carvill, Forsythe, Owens subs Gault (replaced Coates 22), Lyttle (not used), Snoddy (replaced Clarke 56), Soares (replaced Snoddy 73), Holden (replaced Whyte 68), Heatley (not used), Cushley (replaced Carvill 36)
Referee: Keith Kennedy
|Billy Joe Burns|
|Declan O'Brien||32 70|
|Matthew Snoddy||56 73|