GORMLEY DOUBLE HELPS MAGILTON ERA GET OFF TO WINNING START
Cliftonville, in their first competitive outing under Jim Magilton, swept to a convincing three-goal defeat of Glenavon at Solitude.
The Reds needed just six minutes to open the scoring when Joe Gormley raced onto a ball over the top to chip keeper Rory Brown.
New arrival Sean Stewart marked his debut with Cliftonville’s second midway through the first half after being presented with a simple tap in when Ben Wilson’s initial effort was pushed out by Brown.
Then, not long from the break, Gormley doubled his tally with another finish over the keeper, this time from a Ronan Doherty ball.
A fourth goal almost arrived around the hour mark when Gormley picked out Wilson from a Chris Gallagher through ball but the subsequent effort rolled just wide.
Gormley could have grabbed his hat-trick later in the game but, again, the ball fell just wide of the target.
Glenavon might have secured a late consolation through Aaron Prendergast only to be thwarted by a Nathan Gartside fingertip save.
Cliftonville: Gartside, Stewart, Addis, Gallagher, Lowe, Robinson, Doherty, Gormley, Casey, Turner, Wilson subs Odumosu, Pepper, Curran, McDonagh, Storey, McGuinness, Berry
Glenavon: Brown, Rogers, Snoddy, Malone, Campbell, Baird, Mooney, Mulvenna, Wallace, Doran, Ward subs Kerr, Birney, Teggart, Prendergast, Garrett, Nesbitt, Henderson