Ballymena United 0-3 Glenavon

By Paul Alexander

Glenavon recorded a 3-0 win away at Ballymena United on Saturday afternoon to move five points clear of their hosts in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

There was an opening for the away side in the fifth minute when the ball was rolled to the feet of Jordan Jenkins. Although the forward’s tame attempt was deflected before it was received by Jordan Williamson in the home goal. 

The Sky Blues had good opportunity on 11 minutes. Reece Glendinning played the ball across from the right wing but Declan Carville’s header bounced wide of the right post. Kyle Owens went even closer, as he returned to Warden Street on loan from Crusaders, with a shot from considerable distance which was directed onto the post by Jonathan Tuffey.

Ballymena would have another chance after 31 minutes following good work by Leroy Millar. The left-midfielder played the ball back to Tony Kane whose effort was off-target 

Glenavon’s Jenkins had a shot towards the bottom left corner saved by Williamson prior to his side being given a free-kick seconds later. Owens was booked for a foul on Daniel Purkis before Conan Byrne’s effort took a significant touch off the United defender on its way in.

Gary Hamilton’s side almost added a swift second when the ball broke for Purkis but his low shot across goal rolled wide of the left post.

Cathair Friel nearly found an equaliser for the hosts with three minutes to play until half-time. The Ballymena striker tried to send the ball around an orange shirt although his shot curled just wide of the right post.

United’s front two were both denied in the 61st minute. Carville was thwarted by Tuffey when his downward header brought a super save from the visiting goalkeeper. Andy McGrory delivered the resulting corner which was nodded onto the post by Friel.

The Lurgan Blues had a two-goal advantage with 65 minutes played. Jenkins supplied strike partner Purkis who rounded Williamson before putting the ball in the net.

Steven McCullough tried to get a goal back for the home side as the game moved into stoppage time but the wing-back’s attempt was cleared off the line by Matthew Snoddy at the left post. The visitors’ third goal came in the 93rd minute when Greg Moorhouse found the bottom left corner.

Ballymena United: Williamson, Addis (Aaron Burns, 70), Ervin (Andrew Burns, 46), Owens, McCullough, Millar, T. Kane (Kelly, 70), McGrory, Reece Glendinning, Carville, Friel

Subs not used: Ross Glendinning, Knowles, Winchester, Lavery

Glenavon: Tuffey, Singleton, Doyle, Birney, Harmon, Daniels, Garrett (O’Mahony, 90), Snoddy, Byrne (McCloskey, 64), Jenkins (Moorhouse, 81), Purkis

Subs not used: Larmour, P. Burns, Beggs, Sharkey

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

In-Touch Man of the Match: Daniel Purkis (Glenavon)