Sammy Clingan (66p)
Andrew Mitchell (87)

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Andrew Mitchell celebrates scoring Glenavon's second goal (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)

LURGAN BLUES UP TO SECOND

Glenavon moved to second spot in the Danske Bank Premiership following this two-goal defeat of Carrick Rangers at Mourneview Park.

Gary Hamilton's side started brightly with Mark Sykes and Andrew Mitchell having chances during the early exchanges before, on 25 minutes, Rhys Marshall rattled the crossbar with a free-kick with James Singleton unable to convert the follow up.

Further chances followed but Carrick 'keeper Harry Doherty was on top of his game to keep things scoreless at the break.

The crossbar was struck again on 50 minutes, this time via an Andy Hall free-kick before, just after the hour, the Lurgan Blues finally found a way through when, during another attack, Carrick defender Paddy McNally upended substitute Jordan Jenkins with Sammy Clingan stepping up to knock home the subsequent spot-kick.

The visitors might have hit back soon after when Andrew Mooney tested Glenavon 'keeper Johnny Tuffey while, a little later, Stuart McMullan directed a header just wide from a corner.

Glenavon might have doubled their advantage when Josh Daniels turned the ball against an upright but, with three minutes remaining, that second goal did arrive when Mitchell fended off the attentions of the Carrick defence to curl an effort beyond Doherty from the edge of the box.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall, Sykes, Clingan, Foley, Singleton subs Burns (replaced Clingan 77), Griffin (not used), Marron (not used), McGrory (replaced Daniels 89), Jenkins (replaced Foley 56)

Carrick Rangers: Doherty, McMullan, Edgar, McNally, Gage, Malone, Clarke, Taggart, McAllister, Mooney, Smith subs Suarez (replaced McAllister 76), Roy (replaced Smith 63), Morrow (not used), Rice (not used), Maybin (replaced Clarke 73)

Referee: Keith Kennedy

Attendance: 974

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