Match Details
Season :
2019/2020
Date :
22nd November 2019
Competition :
Irish Premier League
Venue :
Mourneview Park
Referee :
Andrew Davey
Glenavon Scorer :
Garrett 28
Teams
Linfield Team :
Ferguson, Casement, Stafford (Waterworth 45), Callacher, Clarke, Fallon, Hery (Reynolds 76), Mulgrew, Cooper, Millar, Lavery
Linfield Subs not used :
Moore, McGivern, Robinson, Mitchell, Shevlin
Report
The Blues suffered their fourth league defeat of the season tonight as they failed to produce their best at Mourneview Park.

Linfield had a few early chances with Shayne Lavery firing just wide of the post on two occasions, before Mark Stafford had a header cleared off the line when he met a corner.

The Lurgan Blues had some good early chances themselves as Josh Daniels curled a shot just wide of the far post, while Ferguson was impressive to pull-off a double save to deny close range efforts from Hamilton and Garrett.

Glenavon did take the lead on 26 minutes, however. The hosts knocked the ball around well on the edge of the box before midfielder Robert Garrett was teed up for an strike from 20 yards which was deflected into the net past Ferguson.

David Healy’s men could and probably should have responded within a minute as a good chance went begging. Kirk Millar’s corner was headed across by Hery and Shayne Lavery headed over from close range.

Glenavon still finished the first half the stronger and Andrew Mitchell should have done when he fired over from Rhys Marshall’s cut-back.

Half Time: Glenavon 1 – 0 Linfield

David Healy introduced Andy Waterworth at half time and changed to a back three and it almost brought immediate rewards as Jimmy Callacher looked like heading in from Matthew Clarke’s corner, only for Tuffey to produce a great diving save.

Tuffey produced another top save soon after, this time to deny Bastien Hery who drove into space before having a low shot from distance pushed around the post.

Linfield had most of the pressure in the second half but Glenavon had chances to double their lead. Andrew Mitchell ran into the box despite claims for offside and his powerful shot was well saved by Ferguson, who also kept out Josh Daniels’ low shot soon after.

Ultimately, the Blues just weren’t good enough to find an answer. Any entries into the final third were followed up by a touch too many or slack end product and they couldn’t find a way through a Glenavon back line commanded by the excellent Caolan Marron. David Healy will hope for better in Tuesday’s rearranged league game in Ballymena.

Full Time: Glenavon 1 – 0 Linfield

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