Dates and scenarios confirmed for Glenavon's play-off hopes

Glenavon's trip to Crusaders tonight called off

Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates putting Glenavon in front against Crusaders earlier this season.

Michael Scott

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Provisional arrangements for Glenavon’s forthcoming European play-off fixtures have been confirmed by the NI Football League.

As supporters of the Lurgan Blues are no doubt already aware, who Glenavon will play and when the games will be played will be determined based on who wins the Irish Cup, with the final to be played next Saturday between Crusaders and the winners of tonight’s semi-final between Ballymena United and Newry City.

There’s also the matter of who will finish in third and fourth in the league, with it still being mathematically possible for Crusaders to leapfrog Glentoran in third.

Therefore, with two possible scenarios in place, here’s the dates and possible fixtures for the play-offs as confirmed by NIFL...


Scenario 1 - If Ballymena United or Newry City win the Irish Cup;

Tuesday 10 May 2022
Quarter-final – Coleraine (6th) v Glenavon (7th)

Saturday 14 May 2022
Semi-final 1 – Third placed club v Winner of Quarter-final
Semi-final 2 – Fourth placed club v Larne (5th)

Tuesday 17 May 2022
Final – Winner of Semi-final 1 v Winner of Semi-final 2
(Match to be played at the home ground of highest placed finalist in the league standings)

Scenario 2 - If Crusaders win the Irish Cup;

Tuesday 10 May 2022
Semi-final 1 – Glentoran v Glenavon
Semi-final 2 – Larne v Coleraine

Friday 13 May 2022
Final – Winner of Semi-final 1 v Winner of Semi-final 2
(Match to be played at the home ground of highest placed finalist in the league standings)

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