Molloy magic conjures cup glory for Glenavon
Glenavon 3 Loughgall 2
Trevor Molloy stole the show at Mourneview Park last night as his brace helped Glenavon to a 3-2 Mid-Ulster Cup final victory over Loughgall.
In what could be the legendary Tony Grant’s final game for the club after 235 appearances and 104 goals, his strike partner and successor as fans’ favourite claimed all the plaudits.
The 32-year-old bagged his 18th and 19th goals with his second a truly brilliant 30-yard effort to ensure Glenavon came from 2-1 behind to claim the trophy for the 21st time.
The Blues began strongly and took the lead through that man Molloy when he latched onto Stuart King’s through ball and calmly slotted into the bottom corner.
Marty Quinn’s men dominated the remainder of the half but chances were few and far between.
Then came the Championship side’s blistering start to the second period. The equaliser came just four minutes after the restart when Darragh Peden nodded in at the back post after Stuart King had inadvertently flicked on substitute Ryan Moffett’s corner-kick.
Just two minutes later the Villagers took the lead. Brian Adair played in Aidan McVeigh who smashed his shot in off the underside of the bar.
As Niall Currie’s men enjoyed a fruitful period, they would even have made it three but for the heroics of Andy Plummer. The Glenavon stopper blocked Brian Adair’s header before scampering across goal and unbelievably stopping Ryan Evans’ driven rebound.
However, on 68 minutes winger Eamon Murray rifled a fantastic 20-yard effort in off the post. Ten minutes later that man Molloy again showed his trademark brilliance, firing in from distance.
GLENAVON: Plummer, Shannon, Magee, Haughey, Carvill (Davey 81), Murray, Walsh (Harper 66), Hamill, King (Costello 72), Molloy, Grant. Unused Subs: Dickson, Liggett
LOUGHGALL: Robinson, Waddell, Pentland, Alderdice, Peden, Herron (Hawthorne 46), Lavery (Evans 58), Adair, McVeigh, McDowell (Moffett 35), Baker. Unused Sub: Harrison.