Belfast Telegraph

Glenavon 4 Lisburn Distillery 1

By Gordon Hanna

The penny has finally dropped and teenage kid Andy Mitchell will be better for it.

The youngster has come under fire from coaches and manager Gary Hamilton for not following orders and not working hard enough.

But not any more. Against the Whites, he was everything a manager would want him to be — big, strong, fast and deadly.

Mitchell came off the bench in the 84th minute with the game finely balanced at 2-1 even though Distillery were down to 10 men after Dominic Melly’s crazy tackle on Andy Kilmartin. However in the space of just five minutes Mitchell had changed all that.

With his first touch he forced a corner and when Kyle Neill whipped it to the back post he headed home. And in the first minute of time added on Mitchell galloped clear and beat Lee Windrum with a scorching ground shot.

Game well and truly over.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton, who volleyed his side ahead in six minutes, said: “That was more like it. I’ve always said if Andy worked hard he could be a quality player capable of playing across the water. He did very well here and it’s great to see.”

Andy McGrory’s eighth goal of the season had Glenavon 2-0 up in 26 minutes but Davy McCullough’s rocket had his side back in the game before the break.

Beaten boss Tim McCann was bitterly disappointed and stated: “We had chances and in our position you simply have to take them and we didn’t.

“Everything Glenavon hit went in the net. It’s very frustrating when you think we did so well against Linfield the previous week. But when you are bottom of the table you have to pick yourself up and get on with it.

“We desperately need more consistency. When we went down to 10 men Gary Liggett had a chance but fired over the top.”

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