Glenavon Euro hopes dealt blow with Ballymena defeat

Glenavon Euro hopes dealt blow with Ballymena defeat

Action from Glenavon's game against Ballymena United at the Showgrounds.

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at the Ballymena Showgrounds

Ballymena United 3-1 Glenavon

Glenavon’s gap over Ballymena United in the race for the final European play-off spot has been cut to just three points following defeat at the Showgrounds on Saturday

Danny Purkis had the best of the early chances for Glenavon when he connected with a Calvin Douglas cross from the right, but he was unable to turn his header past Jordan Williamson.

The hosts had two great opportunities just before the break, both coming through Shea McCartan. First, Craig Hyland did well to stop the forward’s goalbound header, and then in stoppage time the Glenavon goalkeeper pushed away McCartan’s free kick from the edge of the box.

United got in front just after the hour mark when Paul McElroy capitalised on a short back pass from Sean Ward, with his shot across goal going in off the far post after he had rounded Hyland.

McCartan doubled their advantage from the penalty spot after Kofi Balmer was adjudged to have been fouled by Andy Doyle.

United secured the three points with 10 minutes to go; Kofi Balmer heading home from a fine Ross Redman free kick.

Glenavon scored a wonderful consolation goal through Calvin Douglas, who scored with a rocket of a shot after being set up by Peter Campbell.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Redman, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, McGrory, Balmer, Hume, Ervin, Millar, Kelly. Subs: Addis, McKeown (McGrory 82), Harpur (Waide 86), Knowles (Millar 86), Graham, Wylie , McCready.

Glenavon: Hyland, A Doyle, Purkis, Campbell, Moorhouse, O’Connor, Fitzpatrick, Douglas, Singleton, Garrett, Ward. Subs: Birney, Byrne (Moorhouse 56), O’Mahony, Norton (O’Connor 73), J Doyle, McCaffrey (Purkis 56), O Taylor.

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