Glenavon 2 Lisburn Distillery 3
Glenavon are in a right pickle just five days before facing bitter rivals Portadown in the match of the fifth round of the JJB Sports Irish Cup.
Player boss Gary Hamilton had a look of dismay after his new-look side raced into a 2-0 lead, before crashing 3-2 in this basement battle with Lisburn Distillery.
Niall Henderson and Linfield loan star Brian McCaul fired Hamilton’s men two up at the interval and everything looked rosy. Returning hero Tony Grant was running Distillery ragged and Kris Lindsay, another on loan from the Blues, was a rock at the back.
But the Whites staged a fantastic fightback and it was ‘reject’ striker Gary Liggett who put the boot in with two quick-fire goals to level the scores.
Aaron Traynor’s close-range header hammered the final nail in Glenavon’s coffin before Ciaran Doherty earned his third red card of the season, so must sit out the big Cup clash with the Ports at Mourneview Park — and is set for additional internal sanctions.
Hamilton said: “I love Doherty as a player and as a person but he will learn from this because he’ll be hit in the pocket.”
Liggett rapped: “At Glenavon I never got past 60 or 70 minutes before I was taken off. Now I’m playing 90 minutes nearly every week and my self-belief has grown.”
Delighted Whites boss John Cunningham said: “Glenavon deserved to be 2-0 up at half-time but I demanded a response and got it.”