Glenavon and Linfield in stalemate as both sides end up with 10 men

Michael Scott at Mourneview Park

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Glenavon 0–0 Linfield


Glenavon put in a much improved performance to take a point off champions Linfield in Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership game.

There wasn’t much to write about in the first half, but in terms of possession Glenavon enjoyed the better of the play.

With nine minutes on the clock Mark Haughey went close to breaking the deadlock, but his looping header went over Chris Johns’ crossbar.

Matthew Snoddy had a great chance too on 17 minutes when the ball was flicked into his path for a half volley on the edge of the box, but his shot was straight at Johns.

But beyond that the game was a stop-start affair, with referee Andrew Davey being quick to blow his whistle on a number of occasions.

If the first half was largely uneventful, the second half got off to a blistering start. Both sides were reduced to 10 men when Andrew Doyle and Christy Manzinga were both sent off after the Glenavon defender brought down the Linfield attacker. Manzinga appeared to kick out at Doyle following the tackle.

Linfield looked to break the deadlock around the hour mark through Jimmy Callacher, but his sidefooted effort from a corner kick went over the bar.

If Glenavon were better in the first half, Linfield were dominant in the second. Substitute Matt Green was inches away when he headed a Kirk Millar corner narrowly past the far post.

The Lurgan Blues fans were off their feet when Conor McCloskey broke away three minutes from time and found Kyle Beggs, but the substitute ran out of space and nothing came of the chance.

But, in the end, a point apiece was probably a fair result.

Pictures by Maynard Collins
GLENAVON: Brown, Haughey, A Doyle, Waterworth. O’Connor, Snoddy, McCloskey, Fitzpatrick, Wallace, Garrett, Ward. Subs: Stafford, Hall, Beggs (Waterworth 81), Harmon, Doran, Hunter, J Doyle.

LINFIELD: Johns, Newberry, Shields, Callacher, Hume, Manzinga, Stewart, Clarke, Donnelly, Salam, Palmer. Subs: Walsh, Roscoe-Byrne, Millar (Salam 60), Fallon (Shields 71), Mulgrew (Palmer 60), Chadwick (Stewart 71), Green (Donnelly 60).

REFEREE: Andrew Davey

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