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Up there: Ballymena's display among best of Jeffrey's reign as Glenavon put to the sword

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Well done: Cathair Friel praises Jude Winchester after his goal
Well done: Cathair Friel praises Jude Winchester after his goal

By Billy Weir

Beaming Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey admitted that his side's swatting aside of Glenavon on Saturday was one of the best displays the Sky Blues have served up in his tenure.

A first win at Mourneview Park in seven years was achieved with style, pace and oodles of hard work and Glenavon had simply no answer to a side who still continue to defy the odds and cling doggedly onto Linfield's coat-tails at the top of the league.

"It's pretty much up there," said a rightly satisfied Jeffrey on his side's display.

"You have to remember Glenavon are a very talented side. We went back to doing some work on what we should be doing defensively and also we wanted the players to be positive in going forward and ultimately they deserve the credit."

They certainly do and Gary Glenavon boss Hamilton was full of praise for them too.

He was hugely frustrated with his own side's dreadfully off-colour performance and angered by having had a great shout for a penalty turned away by the officials, who then confounded his pain by sending off assistant Paul Millar for protesting over a throw-in given the wrong way.

They only had themselves to blame for the opening goal after 12 minutes, Jonny Tuffey taking his eye off Cathair Friel's shot and, although he blocked the magnificent Adam Lecky's first effort, it rebounded off Rhys Marshall and the big striker hammered it home from inches.

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The second typified United's barn-storming display, a flowing move from deep inside their own half and when Jude Winchester latched onto Lecky's pass he strode forward and slotted past Tuffey - not bad for a man who climbed out of his sick bed to play.

"Jude was violently sick at half-time, he had had a virus and didn't want to say as he wanted so much to play but went out in the second-half and found he just couldn't continue," revealed Jeffrey.

"But that epitomises the spirit in the changing room. But the player who was the stand-out was Adam Lecky. I told him at half-time. Our platform was up front and Adam Lecky was absolutely phenomenal."

"I thought in the second-half we had a lot more of the ball but again didn't create anything or make their goalkeeper work," said home boss Hamilton.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Hall (Jenkins, 73 mins), King, Marron, Marshall, Grace (Harmon, 67 mins), Daniels, Garrett, Norton (Donnelly, 58 mins), Murray, McCloskey. Unused subs: Larmour, O'Mahony, Muir, Hamilton.

BALLYMENA: Glendinning, Ervin, McCullough, Addis, Balmer, Winchester (Harpur, 49 mins), McGrory, Millar, Friel (McMurray, 82 mins) Knowles, Lecky. Unused subs: Williamson, Kane, Whiteside, Faulkner, Shevlin.

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge)

Man of the match: Adam Lecky

Match rating: 7/10

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