Glenavon U18s miss out in Harry Cavan decider

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


Dungannon Swifts U18s 3-1 Glenavon U18s

There was heartbreak for Glenavon's U18s at Windsor Park as they lost the Harry Cavan Cup final.

They were looking to win the trophy for the first time since 2015, when players like Mark Sykes, Rhys Marshall and Robbie McDaid represented the club. The boys who featured tonight will learn from the experience and can still be pleased with some of the football they played over the course of the showpiece decider.

The young Lurgan Blues will have been disappointed with how they fell behind just before the half-hour mark. Goalkeeper Se Ferris was adjudged to have brought down the Swifts' Kenny Ximines. The Tyrone side's captain, Oran O'Kane, took his penalty well and slotted into the bottom corner.

Glenavon almost levelled when a ball across the front of the penalty box from Liam Corr nearly found the unmarked Luca McGreevey Couchman but he was unlucky not to connect and turn the ball into the net.

Corr was unfortunate again when he curled a free kick goalbound, with Swifts shotstopper Adam Groogan doing well to tip the ball over the bar.

Dungannon thought they had doubled their lead on 53 minutes but Ximines' goal was ruled out for offside.

Glenavon were aggrieved too by the Swifts' second goal. They caught Glenavon on the counter attack, with the defending team feeling that when Jamal Tavares fed Ximines the Dungannon frontman was offside. Play went on, though, and man of the match Ximines rounded the goalkeeper to score.

Glenavon thought they had pulled a goal back on 84 minutes but the offside flag went off, and then Groogan pulled off a great save to deny Dylan Sinnerton.

Just when it looked like Glenavon might find a way back into the game, the Swifts killed off the decider through Vicky Saldanha who got the ball over the line from Adam Towe's cross.

Harry Lynch did get on the scoresheet in stoppage time, heading in at the back post in stoppage time, but it was the Swifts, playing in their first final, who lifted the trophy.

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