Rhys Marshall (31)

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Rhys Marshall handed Glenavon the lead midway through the first half (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

RHYS MARSHALL'S LURGAN BLUES TO BOXING DAY VICTORY

Glenavon consolidated third spot in the Danske Bank Premiership with victory over Warrenpoint Town at Mourneview Park.

After a cautious opening from both sides Stephen Murray might have done better for 'Point when he sent a 23rd minute header wde from Sean Mackle's cross.

At the other end soon after Josh Daniels and Mark Griffin teamed up but Daniels could only look on as his effort was saved, as was Daniels' follow-up.

Glenavon pressed again with Rhys Marshall firing against the near post before, on 31 minutes, what proved to be the winner when he headed past Johnny Parr after Andrew Mitchell's ball from the right broke for him.

'Point had a chance to level before the break but Darren Murray's shot from Liam McKenna's square ball was blocked.

Mark Sykes and Griffin combined for Glenavon early in the second half to establish a chance for Andy McGrory but his effort went narrowly wide of the far post while another chance soon after was scooped over at the back post.

Matthew Tipton's side pushed hard for the equaliser as the game progressed with Martin Murray charging through on goal on 64 minutes but Marshall did enough to avert the danger.

Then, with seven minutes left, a Darius Roohi shot was punched away by Johnny Tuffey while Stephen Murray pulled the rebound wide.

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Glenavon: Tuffey, Burns, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Griffin, Sykes, Marron, Clingan, McGrory subs Foley (replaced McGrory 70), Hamilton (replaced Griffin 72), Norton (not used), Lindsay (replaced Hamilton 90+1), Jenkins (not used)

Warrenpoint Town: Parr, Dane, Mackle, M. Murray, McMenamin, D. Murray, S. Murray, McKenna, Wallace, McGrandles, Reilly subs Moan (replaced Reilly 46), Lyttle (not used), Lynch (not used), Roohi (replaced McKenna 77), Türker (not used)

Referee: Tony Clarke

Attendance: 1199

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