Glenavon 0 Ballinamallard 1
Published 27/11/2012 | 07:59
Goalkeeper Alvin Rouse was a hero and David Kee scored a fantastic winner as Ballinamallard United ended a run of five league games without a win to keep themselves tucked neatly in third place in the Premiership.
But much of the after match chat at Mourneview Park on Saturday centred on a 15-year-old schoolboy.
Jason Greenaway made his debut at right-back for Glenavon and to say he came through with flying colours is an understatement.
The youngster displayed an ice cool temperament and produced a sound all-round display.
He also proved that it was hardly a gamble on the part of player manager Gary Hamilton. Hamilton is a firm believer in the old adage that if a player is good enough he is old enough.
Assistant boss Paul Millar said: “Jason has been doing the business in the Reserves and deserved his chance.
“I felt he came through very well indeed but tired a wee bit and that’s the only reason why we took him off seven minutes from time.
“To think Jason won’t be 16 until May next year. He’s a remarkable player for his age.”
Millar was not so well pleased with referee Roomer Tarajev or his linesman from Estonia who were on an exchange visit.
They ruled out Andy McGrory’s 53rd minute header which would have given Glenavon the lead in a game where it always looked as if a goal would settle it.
The decisive strike from Kee was a beauty, a curler with his left peg which sneaked inside Andy Coleman’s right hand post.
It came just 12 minutes after McGrory’s effort was disallowed.
Mallards boss Whitey Anderson said: “It was a match which could have gone either way.
“There was some decent football. Davy Kee’s finish was fantastic and Alvin Rouse made a couple of good saves.