Brave Glenavon are hit by late turbulence
Hafnarfjordur 3-0 Glenavon
Two late goals brought Glenavon down to earth in the Europa League last night.
A travelling adventure which started with a cancelled flight from Belfast didn't get any better in Iceland as Gary Hamilton's side suffered a bumpy ride at the home of FH Hafnarfjordur.
It's a very harsh scoreline on the visitors, who defended with purpose and composure, but the hosts' greater match fitness was decisive at the death.
Glenavon showed early attacking intent when new boy Kevin Braniff forced keeper Robert Oskarsson into a save.
But the home side should have made the breakthrough in the 11th minute, Glenavon breathing a sigh of relief as Kristjan Emilsson's effort missed the target.
The Mourneview Park side achieved their target of reaching half-time with a clean sheet.
Three minutes after the restart, David Vidarsson forced James McGrath to make a block.
The Lurgan Blues' brave resistance was finally broken in the 82nd minute when Ingimundur Niels Oskarsson inflicted the damage but it was two late goals that really put a sting in the tail.
Atli Gudnason netted in the 90th and 93rd minute to seal the commanding 3-0 lead going into Thursday's rematch.
Kris Lindsay almost grabbed a crucial away goal in the 96th minute but Oskarsson dealt with his effort.
FH: Oskarsson, Vidarsson, Emilsson, Doumbia, Bödvarsson, Hewson, Vidarsson, Snorrason, Gudnason, Jónsson, Björnsson
Glenavon: McGrath, Neill, Lindsay, Dillon, Marshall, McIlveen, McGrory, McCabe, Bates, Bradley, Braniff.