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Glenavon's Greg spares goalkeeper's blushes after missed penalty

Ards 0 Glenavon 1

By Keith Bailie

Published 14/11/2016

Favour: Keeper Jonny Tuffey
Favour: Keeper Jonny Tuffey

Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey admitted that he owed teammate Greg Moorhouse a favour after Saturday's narrow win over Ards.

Moorhouse spared Tuffey's blushes after he scored a 63rd-minute winner at the Bangor Fuels Arena where, 17 minutes earlier, unlikely penalty taker Tuffey saw his spot kick saved by opposite number Aaron Hogg.

"If Greg doesn't toe-poke that in, I'm probably the villain, but he got me off the hook," said Tuffey.

"Gary Hamilton just said before the game that if we got a penalty, I would hit it.

"I actually struck the ball well and Hoggy made a great save. The bigger picture was the three points. It was a professional team performance"

Glenavon started the second half brightly, winning their penalty when Stuart McMullan tripped Eoin Bradley, only for Hogg to tip Tuffey's effort on to the bar.

They grabbed the winner in the 63rd minute. A low Rhys Marshall show was parried by Hogg into the path of Moorhouse, who made no mistake.

Home boss Niall Currie was unimpressed with Lee Tavinder's decision not to award a penalty to Ards in the second half, when Kyle Neill appeared to block a shot with his right arm.

"It's a penalty," he said. "There's no arguments about it. Everybody can see it. They also got their goal from another blatant handball. They rebuild again and scored from it."

ARDS: Hogg, Hall, McMullan, Friars, Taylor, McMillen, McCullough (Tommons, 84 mins), Cherry, McKinney, McAllister (Keke, 56 mins), Douglas (McComb, 56 mins). Unused subs: Brennan, Rea.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Marshall, Doyle, Marron, Neill (Singleton, 72 mins), McCourt (Hall, 39 mins), Sykes, McGrory, Cooper, Moorhouse, Bradley (O'Brien, 90 mins). Unused subs: Kilmartin, Braniff

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

Man of the match: Caolan Marron

Match rating: 6/10

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