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Glenavon won't appeal Eoin Bradley ban

By Stuart McKinley

Published 24/02/2016

Red mist: Eoin Bradley is sent off for an alleged head-butt
Red mist: Eoin Bradley is sent off for an alleged head-butt

Glenavon are expected to accept the six-match ban handed out to striker Eoin Bradley.

The Lurgan Blues' leading goalscorer was hit with the suspension following an alleged head-butting offence on Crusaders captain Colin Coates.

There is no appeals process within the Irish FA's Disciplinary Code, but twice last season identical bans were overturned.

Ballinamallard United's Johnny Lafferty and Chris Casement of Portadown were both cleared on video evidence.

A Glenavon source told the Belfast Telegraph that they are unlikely to go down the same route and Bradley himself said via his Twitter account: "Six game ban.. I'll have to take it on the chin.. hard to take but he got me good.. disappointed for the boys and the fans #hardtotake."

He will, in fact, miss Glenavon's next seven matches as he was due to sit out this Saturday's trip to Linfield after picking up five yellow cards.

Meanwhile, Dungannon Swifts beat Armagh City 2-1 to win the Mid Ulster Cup for the fourth season in a row.

A first-half goal from Gary Liggett put them in the driving seat before Kris Lowe added the second shortly after the break.

Jordan Bell pulled one back for Armagh City and they rallied in the latter stages of the game, but were unable to find an equaliser to take the clash into extra time.

Derry City beat Glentoran 1-0 in a friendly at The Oval, with Barry McNamee scoring the goal.

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