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Gary Hamilton has the last laugh as Glenavon earn derby revenge over Portadown

Portadown 1-2 Glenavon

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Glenavon's Gareth McCaffrey celebrates doubling Glenavon's lead.

Glenavon's Gareth McCaffrey celebrates doubling Glenavon's lead.

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Glenavon's Gareth McCaffrey celebrates doubling Glenavon's lead.

He who laughs last laughs longest and it is Gary Hamilton and Glenavon who are laughing now.

Chuckled at as they left the pitch after suffering a 4-1 hammering against Portadown on Saturday, the Lurgan Blues wiped the smile off the faces of their Mid-Ulster rivals with a 2-1 victory on their return to Shamrock Park.

Andy Hall, who was left out of the starting line-up in one of five changes made by Hamilton in response to the weekend defeat, stepped off the bench to have a major impact on the game, scoring the first goal himself before setting up Gareth McCaffrey for the winner.

Chris Lavery's second-half strike for Portadown, which gave them hope of a dramatic comeback, was merely a consolation.

Conan Byrne, Greg Moorhouse, Matthew Snoddy, Aaron Harmon and McCaffrey came in for Hall, Lee McNulty, Michael O'Connor, Danny Purkis and Matthew Fitzpatrick as Hamilton sought a response.

Andrew Doyle was also on the absentee list meaning a makeshift back four in which only Colin Coates was operating in his natural position.

Against a strong wind it was Glenavon who created the first real chance when Greg Hall blocked Conor McCloskey's shot.

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A lot of Portadown's attacking play was coming through Ben Guy, but when he delivered from the left Lee Bonis pulled his shot wide of the post.

Glenavon were dealt another blow 20 minutes in when Coates had to be replaced after taking a powerful shot to the head. Hall came on at right-back and Harmon moved into the centre of a totally thrown together defence.

It was Andy Hall's natural attacking instincts that brought about Glenavon's opener 11 minutes before half-time, which he scored himself. He overlapped well and was fed by Byrne, and Jacob Carney was glad to divert his cross for a corner. Peter Campbell's delivery to the back post was sent back into the danger area by McCloskey, McCaffrey then tapped the ball to Hall's feet and he fired low into the net.

Glenavon went 2-0 up just 40 seconds after the break with the Hall-McCaffrey combination delivering again. Hall received a return ball from a throw-in, sent it to the feet of McCaffrey inside the box and as the Portadown defence stood off he curled a shot into the bottom corner.

Portadown reacted by throwing on Lavery and Adam Salley in an attempt to salvage something from the game and they combined to get their team back into it less than 10 minutes after their introduction.

Salley sent in a low cross from the right which gave Lavery an easy tap-in in front of goal, but no comeback materialised.

PORTADOWN: Carney, G Hall, Finnegan, McCallum, Crane, Warde, Wilson, Guy (Conaty 90), Tilney (Lavery 57), Murray (Salley 57), Bonis.

Subs not used: Buchanan, McKeown, Tipton, Teggart.

GLENAVON: Hyland, Harmon, Ward, Coates (A Hall 20), Campbell, Byrne, Snoddy, Garrett, McCloskey, McCaffrey (Fitzpatrick 79), Moorhouse.

Subs not used: Taylor, Purkis, Norton, Douglas, Doyle.

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

Man of the match: Gareth McCaffrey

Match rating: 7/10


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