THREE IN A ROW FOR LURGAN BLUES
Glenavon's recent resurgence continued with victory over Coleraine at Mourneview Park, a third successive league win for the Lurgan Blues.
Indeed, the home side could twice have moved in front during the opening 20 minutes or so when Conor McCloskey fired just past the post from distance before Matthew Fitzpatrick sent a low effort across the face of goal only to be thwarted by keeper Gareth Deane.
However, it was the visitors that seized the advantage when, on 26 minutes, Andy Scott opened the scoring after catching keeper Rory Brown in possession and slotting into the unguarded net.
The Bannsiders might have doubled their advantage soon after but Brown redeemed himself to deny Conor McKendry at the near post.
Glenavon came close to levelling early in the second half but McCloskey could only head straight at Deane from an Isaac Baird left-sided cross while, a short time later, the loose ball from a free-kick was cleared off the line by Jack O'Mahony.
As the second half progressed the visitors almost doubled their lead when substitute Eamon Fyfe was denied by Brown before Matthew Shevlin's attempted follow up was thwarted by a Sean Ward clearance.
However Glenavon levelled on 69 minutes. Substitute Aaron Prendergast did well to send a low cross from the right into the box for Fitzpatrick to react quickest and turn to fire past Deane from six yards out.
Then, with six minutes to go, another substitute - Michael O'Connor - knocked home what proved to be the winner after Fitzpatrick combined with Jamie Doran to create the opening.
Glenavon: Brown, Snoddy, Fitzpatrick, Baird, McCloskey, Wallace, Doran, Rogers, Garrett, Malone, Ward subs Matthews, Kerr, Doyle, O’Connor, Norton, Lynch, Prendergast
Coleraine: Deane, D. Jarvis, McKendry, Carson, Farren, O’Donnell, Glackin, O’Mahony, McDermott, Shevlin, Scott subs Gallagher, Mullan, Brown, McCrudden, Fyfe, Lynch, Doherty