Mark Rutherford again showed his class in this Friday night thriller though highlighted the need for a dependable striker at Newry. New Keeper Mark Cartright also had a good game with impressive kick-outs. The Town were disappointing in the first half
still depending on the 'whack it and hope for the best' tactics employed in the past - Has anything changed since Mal Donaghy took over? Consistent pressure from Glenavon paid off when they took the lead after 19 minutes. Tony Grant, who was very impressive down the right side sprinted free to the right corner and crossed to the box for Stephen Baxter to drive into the net. It was a nice move but Glenavon failed to come up with anything else.
In the second half Newry looked the better side and Glenavon struggled to clear several attempts by Chris Murphy. The Town took on substitutes John McDonnell, Carl Hughes and Vaughn who failed to make a realistic impact - The game ended 0-1 to Glenavon.|
Newry Town:Cartwright, Kane, Hall, Cowan, McLean, Reddish, Fitzgerald, Casey, Treanor, Murphy, Rutherford Subs: McDonnell, Vaughn, Hughes