David Elebert (15)
James Gray (29)

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James Singleton congratulates David Elebert (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)

LURGAN BLUES MAKE SURE OF TOP SIX SPOT

Glenavon secured their place in the top six with this defeat of Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park.

David Elebert fired Glenavon into the lead after a quarter-of-an-hour. Joel Cooper began the move with a corner from the right which James Singleton met with a back post header against the underside of the bar before Elebert nodded home the rebound.

The Swifts might have levelled midway through the first half but Andrew Mitchell failed to convert from point blank range after connecting with a Peter McMahon cross.

Glenavon doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark. Guy Bates delivered a cross from the left to the back post which Mark Sykes met only to see his effort blocked, Cooper then had a go with a volley which was also stopped before James Gray finally made it count from around ten yards.

Guy Bates had a chance early in the second half with a left-foot curling effort but the ball went too close to trouble Swifts 'keeper Andy Coleman.

The visitors did show signs of getting into the game just after the hour mark when Thomas Lockhart crossed from the left for Mitchell to direct a header towards the top right but Johnny Tuffey did well to deal with the threat.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Canning, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Sykes, Marron, Elebert, Singleton, Bates, Gray subs Hamilton (replaced Bates 77), Neill (replaced Elebert 87), McGrory (replaced Kilmartin 85), Martyn (not used), Renato (not used)

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Hegarty, Armstrong, Glackin, Mitchell, Harpur, O'Rourke, Lowe, Burke, McElroy, McMahon subs Fitzpatrick (replaced McMahon 69), Teggart (not used), Clucas (not used), Lavery (replaced Glackin 58), Lockhart (replaced McElroy 53)

Referee: Steven Taylor

Attendance: 714

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