GLENAVON DO ENOUGH IN THE END
A couple of late goals saw Glenavon come through to get the better of Carrick Rangers at Mourneview Park.
Matthew Fitzpatrick edged the Lurgan Blues in front on 13 minutes when he hammered home Isaac Baird's knock on from Conor Scannell's free-kick.
But Andy Mitchell levelled for Carrick just a couple of minutes after that with a superb strike which left keeper Rory Brown rooted to the spot.
Glenavon regained the advantage just before the half-hour mark through Eoin Bradley's header from a Conor Kerr cross while, not long after that, the experienced striker had another goal ruled out offside.
Carrick came within a whisker of equalising again moments from the break when Emmett McGuckin's header came back off the crossbar but, on 49 minutes, they did make it 2-2 after Lloyd Anderson pounced to scramble home a Mitchell set piece.
That was how it stayed until late in the game. Jack Malone was allowed plenty of space to run onto the ball and fire low past Ross Glendinning from 25 yards before, in stoppage time, Matthew Snoddy rounded the scoring off after racing clear of the defence.
Glenavon: Brown, Kerr, Birney, Fitzpatrick, Campbell, Baird, Scannell, Wallace, Malone, Ward, Bradley subs A. Doyle (not used), Snoddy (replaced Bradley 83), McCloskey (replaced Scannell 75), Prendergast (not used), Doran (not used), J. Doyle (not used), Garrett (not used)
Carrick Rangers: Ro. Glendinning, Forsythe, Ervin, Gordon, Cushley, Mitchell, McGuckin, Allen, Re. Glendinning, Tilney, Anderson subs Hogg (not used), Stewart (replaced Anderson 87), Surgenor (not used), Gawne (replaced Re. Glendinning 82), Kalla (not used), Cherry (replaced Cushley 79), McKiernan (not used)