UK news Conor McCloskey inspires Glenavon to narrow win over Dungannon Swifts as two sent off last news
MetiNews.Com - Glenavon held on to win this Mid-Ulster derby and spoil Dixie Robinson’s return to the dugout.
Breaking News ! "Glenavon held on to win this Mid-Ulster derby and spoil Dixie Robinson’s return to the dugout. Goals from Conor McCloskey and Matthew Fitzpatrick put them in control at Stangmore Park. But, in a game that saw both sides finish with 10 men, a late strike from Oisin Smyth made for a nervous finale.Ultimately it came too late as the away side made it four unbeaten, meaning a miserable first game back for Robinson, who has been placed in charge until the end of the season following the departure of Kris Lindsay.McCloskey was the standout player in the opening stages, causing problems each time he cut in from the right, and fired Glenavon in front in the 19th minute.It started when Peter Campbell collected a throw from James Singleton but he soon found his route to goal blocked. Spotting the run of McCloskey to his right, he squared to the winger, who took a touch before slamming the ball high into the net. Moments later McCloskey pulled a dangerous ball across the box, but Fitzpatrick and Daniel Purkis arrived just too late.The second goal came in the 24th minute — and again owed much to McCloskey. He picked the ball up inside his own half and set off on a run which took him past five players.
.Dungannon were more competitive in the second half but struggled to create much of note. Their first real chance of the game came in the 68th minute when Terry Devlin’s looping header was pushed over. From the corner James Convie’s shot came off the bar, with Callum Byers heading over.Smyth pulled one back six minutes from the end with a delightful chip and, in a chaotic finish, a clash off the ball saw Singleton and Caolan McAleer red-carded, but Glenavon held on.Dungannon: Carroll, Coyle (McGee 46), Byers, M Smyth, Glenny, O Smyth, Devlin, Campbell, Convie, Carvill (McAleer 51), Patterson (Gallagher 70). Unused subs: Teggart, Wilson, Byrne, Teelan.Glenavon: Hyland, Singleton, Coates, Ward, A Doyle, Garrett, O’Connor, Fitzpatrick (J Doyle 74), McCloskey, Campbell (O’Mahony 77), Purkis (McCaffrey 65). Unused subs: Byrne, Snoddy, Harmon, Douglas.Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan)Man of the match: Conor McCloskeyMatch rating: 4/10"
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