Glenavon 5 Lisburn Distillery 2
Glenavon climaxed a rare memorable week with only their second league win in 12 starts.
Even though Marty Quinn’s side is still anchored to the bottom of the table there are signs the gloom which has enshrouded Mourneview Park all season is lifting.
At a time when Quinn was beginning to question whether he could take the team any further came a sensational penalty shoot-out win over Linfield in a midweek IRN-BRU League Cup tie.
Saturday’s win over Lisburn Distillery, who have now lost four-in-a-row, has renewed hope that better days lie ahead.
A relieved Quinn said: “It was a long time coming. Had it been different I would have been looking at my own position and asking can I take the team any further even though I’ve had terrific support from where it really matters.”
Despite Quinn 's personal doubts support did come from chairman Adrian Teer who was reluctant to comment at first, but then insisted: “The board has always had faith in the manager.”
Glenavon went behind to a sixth minute Neal Gawley header, but roared back to lead through Niall Henderson’s close range header and Ryan Harpur’s 25 yard blast.
David Cushley volleyed home the equaliser before half-time and for most of the second-half it was a tense affair. Diarmuid O’Carroll came off the bench to score a twice taken penalty and then another sub Andy Graham bagged two in four minutes.