Published Monday, 24 February 2014
Linfield's Philip Lowry celebrating after scoring. (© Pacemaker)
It was a poor night for any football as constant rain and a gusting wind made it tough for both sides.
David Rainey almost fired the visitors ahead on seven minutes when he linked up well with Shane McCabe and Tiarnan Mulvenna, his goalbound shot was palmed away for a corner by Tuffey in the Linfield goal.
Linfield went even closer a minute later when a great move ended with Andrew Waterworth breaking into the box and firing in his shot, it beat keeper McGrath but Rhys Marshall managed to clear the ball off the line.
Glenavon took the lead on 27 minutes when Tiarnan Mulvenna scored from the penalty spot after Lowry had handled in the box.
There was a let off for the home side on 39 minutes when Andy McGrory spurned a great chance when breaking clear.
Linfield levelled in the next attack, Lowry making amends for conceding the penalty when he found the bottom corner on 40 minutes.
James McGrath made two fine saves to keep Glenavon level at the break, first blocking a shot from Sproule and then tipping a Mulgrew shot over the bar.
Glenavon had two chances to hit the front again in the second half, first Mulvenna seeing his close range shot saved by Tuffey and then Kyle Neill failed to connect from close in when a shot from Rainey fell into his path.
Glenavon almost gifted the Blues a lead midway through the half when a back pass from Marshall caught out McGrath but the ball rolled wide of the gaping goal.
Defender Mark Haughey fired Linfield ahead on 73 minutes when he got the vital touch following a goalmouth scramble.
With just eight games to go now, it leaves Linfield with a two point advantage over second placed Cliftonville.
Linfield: Philip Lowry (40), Mark Haughey (73)
Glenavon: Tiarnan Mulvenna (27)
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