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Glenavon enjoy victory over rivals Portadown

Glenavon 1 Portadown 0: Marty Quinn is being well rewarded for massaging the ego of goalkeeper Andrew Plummer.

The big man from Ipswich had a nightmare pre-season forcing his Glenavon boss to bring in Lee Windrum as competition.

But after two games and two wins Quinn has nothing but praise for his under the cosh stopper.

After chalking up their first home league win over rivals Portadown since October 1999 Quinn was quick to sing the praises of the Englishman whose bravery and alertness thwarted the Ports when they frequently threatened in the first half.

Quinn beamed: “Yes he was under the cosh and he would be the first to admit he had a poor pre-season.

“I did bring in another keeper and to be fair to Andrew he responded in the best possible manner.

“I’ve said to him he’s starting to become the goalkeeper I know he was with me at Bangor and when he first joined me at Glenavon. It’s a confidence thing.”

Meanwhile, few know much about Brendan Shannon who grabbed the match-winning goal with a deflected shot three minutes from the end.

But that’s about to change for this former Donegal Celtic full-back who was signed in the January transfer window and has the potential to become an established star.

Ports boss Ronnie McFall described the goal as a fluke and while Shannon didn’t disagree he insisted: “After having Conor Walsh was sent off we deserved a wee break and got it.”

Naturally Big Ron was disappointed and insisted: “We dominated the game from start to finish then they get a fluky goal. We should have won the match.”

But rival boss Quinn countered: “Even when we went down to 10 men I still felt we could win the game.”

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