Matthew Fitzpatrick is delighted as he scores to put Glenavon in front against Portadown. Picture: Maynard Collins.
Glenavon 4-1 Portadown
Glenavon supporters will have bragging rights in Mid-Ulster for a while longer after a fine win over their derby rivals Portadown.
In truth, the result flattered the Ports, who had goalkeeper Jacob Carney to thank for keeping the score down to four.
Glenavon should have been four or five up before Lee Bonis stunned the limited numbers inside Mourneview Park when he took advantage of a mistake by Andrew Doyle. His half volley was lashed past Craig Hyland to give the visitors a lead which, in truth, they didn't really deserve.
However, Andrew Doyle ensured that their lead didn't last any longer than a minute, as he headed home a Peter Campbell corner.
Gary Hamilton would have been frustrated that his players hadn't taken their first half chances, but they certainly made up for it in the second period.
With an hour on the clock Matthew Fitzpatrick fired the Lurgan Blues in front after Danny Purkis knocked the ball into his path.
The same player doubled Glenavon's lead with a low, curled effort, before an own goal from Adam McCallum wrapped up the scoring.
With Ballymena United beating Carrick 4-0 this evening, the gap between Glenavon and the Sky Blues remains three points with three games still to play before the European play-offs.
Glenavon: 31. Craig Hyland (GK), 6. Andrew Doyle, 9. Danny Purkis, 10. Peter Campbell, 11. Andy Hall, 14. Matthew Snoddy, 19. Matthew Fitzpatrick, 24. Calvin Douglas, 27. James Singleton (C), 28. Robert Garrett, 30. Sean Ward
Subs: 7. Conan Byrne (for 11. Andy Hall, 81’), 26. Josh Doyle (for 9. Danny Purkis, 83’), 22. Robbie Norton (for 28. Robert Garrett, 86’); unused: 4. Calum Birney, 12. Greg Moorhouse, 21. Jack O’Mahony, 32. Gareth McCaffrey.
Portadown: 52. Jacob Carney (GK), 2. Greg Hall, 4. Adam McCallum, 5. Paul Finnegan, 8. George Tipton, 9. Adam Salley, 10. Lee Bonis (C), 19. Ben Guy, 22. Nathan Kerr, 25. Eamon Scannell, 44. Ben Tilney
Subs: 21. Oisin Conaty (for 19. Ben Guy, 64’), 7. Chris Lavery (for 44. Ben Tilney, 68’), 45. Samuel Glenfield (for 9. Adam Salley, 86’); unused: 33. Gareth Buchanan (GK) 11. Stephen Murray, 23. Sam Warde, 32. Zach Cowan