Release Date: 17/07/2012
GLENAVON and Stranraer contested Sunday’s Final in the Stena Cup, the game kicking off at 4pm.
The hosts had defeated Lisburn Distillery 1-0 on Saturday, 16-year-old Adam Forde scoring a late winner for the Stair Park side.
Glenavon defeated Tyne and Wear side Hebburn Town 2-0 on Saturday to earn a place in the final. Marc Brown and Andrew Mitchell scored the two second half goals against the combative side from the North East of England to progress the Lurgan Blues through to Sunday’s final.
Final Result: Stranraer 0-1 Glenavon
Player-manager Gary Hamilton scored the only goal of the match with a spectacular overhead kick just before half-time to earn Glenavon a win over the hosts. Gary was delighted to be going back home with the Stena Trophy and said: “I’d like to thank Stena and Stranraer for sponsoring and arranging the competition and for the hospitality shown to us.”
Gary also said: “the most pleasing thing about our pre-season so far is that we have been keeping clean sheets.”
Early injuries to Andrew Mitchell and Conor Hagan forced a reshuffle for Glenavon and the home side almost capitalised on two or three occasions but it was Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton who opened the scoring. It was in the last minute of the first half when he took Kyle Neill’s throw in on his chest before looping an over head kick from a tight angle which dropped over the home keeper’s head.
Glenavon controlled the second half despite having to call upon the services of Gerard McMahon, who is manager of Glenavon’s Reserve team, as the third and final sub, the veteran player replacing the impressive young winger Darren Munce. Limited spaces on the return Ferry had meant that eight or nine players had to return on an earlier sailing and weren’t available for selection.
Stranraer changed most of their team but failed to breakdown a resolute Glenavon defence well marshalled by Robbie White alongside young Conor Bradley.
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