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Match Report – Glenavon Vs Institute

‘Stute visited Mourneview Park last night in order to challenge Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon, with both sides struggling to find wins in the league.

In the opening stages neither team could beak the other, with goal scoring opportunities being continually cut short by the opposing defences.

Kevin Braniff and Ciaran Caldwell threatened for Glenavon when on 37 minutes Caldwell’s cross found Braniff, but his header edged just wide.

Paul Kee’s men started to create chances as things progressed, firstly Stephen Curry hit the side-net with a strike from well inside the box.

In quick succession Robbie Hume and Curry broke free two-on-one, but Hume’s attempted pass towards Curry was blocked out by William Murphy.

Despite each outfit coming close to finishing as the first half approached a close, no one could break the deadlock and it concluded at 0-0.

HT: Glenavon 0-0 Institute

As the second half kicked off in an icy Mourneview Park, the match was about to liven up with ‘Stute and the Glens both searching for a win.

On 55 minutes Institute won a free-kick on the edge of the area, well within shooting range, after Stephen O’Flynn was taken down illegally.

O’Flynn, club top goalscorer, then stood up to take the resulting set-piece, firing it into the bottom, left corner of Alan Blayney’s goal.

After grabbing the goal, the Drumahoe men looked set to hold out, and this was helped when James Singleton was sent off after two bookings.

However, in the closing stages of the game Glens Player-Manager Gary Hamilton came on and grabbed an equaliser despite suspicions of offside.

The game then faded out in spite of late efforts, and this result marks another good performance by ‘Stute following last week’s Crues draw.

FT: Glenavon 1-1 Institute

Glenavon: Blayney, Marshall, Murphy, Lindsay, Singleton, McGrory, Caldwell, McCabe, Neill (Hamilton 75), Braniff, Bradley.

Institute: Gallagher, O’Donnell, McLaughlin, D. Curry, Young (McVeigh 62), Crown, Walsh, McKeever (Toland 75), S. Curry, O’Flynn, Hume.

Referee: Mr Evan Boyce (Ballygowan).

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