Glentoran players celebrate (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
Glentoran are through to the Europa League play-off final following a 4-2 victory over Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
Mick McDermott's side face Cliftonville in the decider at Solitude on Saturday (kick-off 5:30pm) after a dramatic semi-final that ebbed and flowed once it got going.
Darren Murray opened the scoring for the visitors after 27 minutes. Chris Gallagher kicked the move off with a break down the middle before finding Curtis Allen out on the right who duly delivered a cross over for Murray to nod beyond Johnny Tuffey.
Glenavon levelled in style on the stroke of half-time courtesy of Caolan Marron's well struck low drive from distance which somewhere made it's way through the area and under keeper Dwayne Nelson into the bottom corner.
Glentoran restored their advantage early in the second half thanks to a wonder strike from the left foot of Allen which he clinically half volleyed into the top corner.
Back came Glenavon once more, this time through Andy Mitchell on 54 minutes with a wonder free-kick from around 20 yards but, sixty seconds after that, they were trailing again when Robbie McDaid made the most of a bad mistake by Robbie Garrett, latching onto a poor backpass to go around Tuffey and slot into the empty net.
Then, with around a quarter-of-an-hour to go, Murray effectively sealed the game for the Belfast Glens with his second of the evening, turning past Seamus Sharkey in the middle of the pitch before bringing the ball forward and dinking a finish over Tuffey to complete the scoring.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Marron, Daniels, Marshall, McCloskey, Murray, Singleton, Garrett, Wearen, Sharkey subs Doyle, Hall, Harmon, Larmour, Norton, Jenkins, Hamilton
Glentoran: Nelson, Garrett, Kane, Peers, C. Gallagher, Herron, Allen, McDaid, Kerr, Pepper, Murray subs Birney, McMahon, Gordon, O'Neill, Gwiazda, McLaughlin, Glover
Referee: Lee Tavinder
|Caolan Marron||45 +1|
|John Herron||90 +5|
|Steven Gordon||90 +5|