Published Monday, 03 February 2014
Kris Lindsay scores for Glenavon at Mourneview. (© Pacemaker)
The visitors will reflect on a missing opportunity to make more of an impact during the first half in which they dominated large periods of the game and created a number of chances.
Glenavon were fortunate not to fall behind in the second minute, the woodwork coming to the rescue after a thumping drive from Craig McMillen came back off the post before bring cleared.
Ards were the better team in the opening quarter always dangerous on the break while Glenavon's first real attack came when Shane McCabe darted into the box but was then crowded out before he could get his cross in.
Ards went close again when midfielder Conor Downey ran on to a loose ball and hit a shot from 30 yards out that took a slight deflection before flying wide.
Midway through the half McCabe surged forward, slipped the ball to the winger Andy McGrory but his shot was saved by Blayney.
At the other end Downey again was out of luck as another goal-bound shot was again deflected wide.
The home side hit the front on 30 minutes, somewhat against the run of play, a corner from Brian McCaul was not cleared and when it eventually fell to Kris Lindsay he curled a low shot past an unsighted Blayney and into the net.
Ards were back on level terms on 38 minutes and thanks to a super finish from Sean Cleary who spotted keeper James McGrath off his line and his delightful lob sailed into the net.
Whatever manager Gary Hamilton said to his team at the break certainly worked with the Lurgan Blues ahead within two minutes of the restart. A free kick from Kyle Neill was flicked on by Marshall, the ball was to Brian McCaul who drilled it hard and low.
Blayney tried to make the save but the ball spun to Guy Bates who made no mistake from a yard out.
McCaul should have put the home side further ahead on 61 minutes but he shot straight at Blayney.
Then McGrory had a chance to put some distance between the sides with ten minutes to go but he lifted his shot high over the bar from a yard out.
With two minutes to go Mark Patton produced a stunning strike from the edge of the box to seal three points for the Lurgan Blues.
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