Fourteen-year-old keeper helps Glenavon beat Portadown to reach Mid Ulster Cup final
Portadown 1-2 Glenavon
Glenavon have beaten derby rivals Portadown to reach the Mid Ulster Cup final.
The Lurgan Blues scored two first-half goals and survived a late scare to make it into the decider with victory at Shamrock Park.
Former Portadown winger Adam Foley and teenager Jordan Jenkins were on target for Glenavon while summer-signing Peter Duffin replied to give the Ports hope.
Goalkeeper Conner Byrne made his first-team debut at just 14-years-old. Byrne played his first game for the club's Under 20s just last month and has also been called up to the Northern Ireland Under 16 team this season. He is included in the NI panel for this week's friendly fixtures against Poland, at the Dub tomorrow and Stangmore Park on Thursday.
Midfielder Robbie Norton, winger Jack O'Mahony and striker Stephen McCavitt also got rare starts for the visitors while Portadown made four changes to the team that lost to Ballyclare Comrades on Saturday.
Glenavon were ahead early when Foley dispossessed Fra Brennan and calmly finished. It was two when Jenkins, playing in midfield, blasted into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The Ports found the net when Duffin converted a cross from substitute Callum Ferris but that was to be as good as it got for Championship Portadown against their Premiership rivals.
Newry City AFC host Banbridge Town in the second semi-final next Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).
PORTADOWN: McGaughey, Carson, Neill, McVey, Brennan, Kilmartin, L Wilson, Holmes, Salley, S Lavery, D Henderson
GLENAVON: Byrne, McGrory, Patton, Norton, Marron, Lindsay, O'Mahony, Jenkins, McCavitt, Griffin, Foley.
Belfast Telegraph Digital