Seanan Clucas and Aaron Harmon contest a header (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Glenavon secured a narrow victory over Dungannon Swifts thanks to a deflected second half finish at Mourneview Park.
Glenavon made the more positive start to the game but, aside from some half chances, neither side really looked like gaining any sort of advantage.
Indeed, it took until the 25th minute for Conor McCloskey to craft the first effort of note with a low drive from distance.
The Swifts began to look more promising as the half progressed with Daniel Hughes firing into the side netting just after the half-hour mark while Seanan Clucas fired over from a Kris Lowe pass.
Then, right on the stroke of half-time, Chris Hegarty cannoned a header off the crossbar from a Hughes free-kick.
Robert Garrett had a great chance to edge Glenavon in front just before the hour after finding himself through on goal but Swifts keeper Evan Moran did well to come off his line to force the shot wide of the post.
Dungannon enjoyed some chances at the other end with Johnny Lafferty perhaps coming closest when he lifted the ball onto the roof of the net from a Hughes free-kick.
However, what proved to be the only goal came with 20 minutes remaining after Josh Daniels' effort from the edge of the area took a wicked deflection off Lowe to wrong foot the outstretched Moran at the near post.
The visitors were denied the equaliser with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when a great reaction save from Johnny Tuffey kept out Lafferty's header from a corner.
McCloskey almost added a second for the Lurgan Blues after that when he cut inside Ally Teggart from the left only for his shot to graze the woodwork.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Marron, Daniels, Mitchell, Hall, Harmon, McCloskey, Singleton, Wearen, Sharkey subs Larmour (replaced Marron 29), Norton (not used), Murray (not used), Garrett (replaced Larmour 52), Jenkins (not used), Stewart (not used), Hamilton (replaced Hall 80)
Dungannon Swifts: Moran, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, Clucas, Hughes, McElroy, Teggart, O’Rourke, Patton, Lowe subs Moore (not used), Dykes (not used), McGinty (replaced Wilson 76), Lafferty (replaced Clucas 46), Gallagher (not used), Campbell (replaced O'Rourke 46), Ferrin (not used)
Referee: Ian McNabb
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