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Glenavon rue missed chances but away goal could be crucial in Reykjavik tie

KR Reykjavik 2-1 Glenavon

By Stuart McKinley

Published 01/07/2016

Head boy: Simon Kelly gave Glenavon a first-half lead in Iceland
Head boy: Simon Kelly gave Glenavon a first-half lead in Iceland

A late winner from KR Reykjavik means that Glenavon must score at least once in next week's return meeting if they are to progress to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Mourneview Park men went down 2-1 in Iceland, but Simon Kelly's goal, which gave them an early lead, could be crucial in the overall context of the tie.

The defender headed home on 12 minutes, only for KR to pull one back just before half-time through Palmi Palmason.

After surviving a period of pressure early in the second-half, Glenavon had a couple of good chances of their own, but they were left to rue those missed opportunities when Holmbert Fridjonsson netted from the spot 12 minutes from time.

Glenavon handed a debut to striker Greg Moorhouse and he was denied his first goal six minutes in when Stefan Magnusson saved his effort.

Glenavon took the lead six minutes later. Andy Hall delivered the corner and Kelly rose highest in the box to head home.

KR enjoyed a spell of pressure just before they equalised four minutes before half-time. A quickly taken throw-in on the right created the opportunity for Finnur Margeirsson to cross and Palmason was well placed to volley home.

Ronnie Chopart rattled the woodwork twice for KR, either side of two chances for Glenavon. First Eoin Bradley had a shot saved by goalkeeper Magnusson and then Moorhouse failed to hit the target when in a great position to score.

Fridjonsson, who had replaced Morten Beck Andersen five minutes earlier, was brought down by Joel Cooper and he picked himself up to take the resulting penalty and beat Jonny Tuffey from 12 yards to give his team the advantage in the tie.

KR Reykjavik: Stefan Magnusson, Beck Andersen, Fridgeirsson, Indridi Sigurdsson, Gunnar Thor Gunnarsson, Chopart, Praest, Margeirsson, Hauksson, Palmason, Beck. Subs: Jensson, Fridjonsson, Josepsson, Fazlagic, Michaelsson, Tryggvason, Axel Sigurdarson

Glenavon: Tuffey, Patton, Kelly, Lindsay, Martyn, Hall, Bradley, Marshall, Sykes, Moorhouse, Cooper. Subs: Taylor, Hamilton, Kilmartin, Doyle, O'Mahony

Referee: Nicolas Laforge (Belgium)

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