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Andy Hall shines and Glenavon roar back to keep control of play-off destiny

Danske Bank Premiership


Andy Hall

Andy Hall


Andy Hall

A superb comeback kept Glenavon in control of the final Euro play-off place as six second-half goals, including an Andy Hall hat-trick, ensured Carrick’s first match after Niall Currie’s exit ended in defeat.

The Carrick fans had to wait only nine minutes to see their side take the lead. Kyle Cherry’s perfect through ball sent Lee Chapman clear and he slotted under Craig Hyland.

Carrick went two up four minutes into the second half when Jordan Gibson headed in Kurtis Forsythe’s cross but seven minutes later Glenavon were level with Hall scoring direct from a free-kick and Peter Campbell firing home.

Campbell completed the turnaround in the 72nd minute after a delightful give and go and two minutes later Robbie Garrett shot home. Chapman scored his second of the night but Hall went one better, his third a retaken penalty.

Carrick Rangers: Hogg (capt), Forsythe, Neale, Chapman, Gordon, Cherry (Smith 73), Glendinning (Kalla 83) Gibson, Anderson, McMullan (Millar 75), Ramsey.

Unused subs: Co Friel, Loughran, Mulholland, Ca Friel.

Glenavon: Hyland, A Doyle (McNulty 74), Purkis (J Doyle 78), Campbell, Hall, Snoddy, Fitzpatrick, Douglas, Singleton (capt), Garrett (Norton 76), Ward. Unused subs: Birney, Byrne, Harmon, DoVran. Referee: Lee Tavinder

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Man of the match: Andy Hall

Match rating: 9/10

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