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Eyes down: Institute's Stephen O'Flynn keeps his eye on the ball as he shields it from Glenavon defender William Murphy

Eyes down: Institute's Stephen O'Flynn keeps his eye on the ball as he shields it from Glenavon defender William Murphy

Eyes down: Institute's Stephen O'Flynn keeps his eye on the ball as he shields it from Glenavon defender William Murphy

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton rescued 10-man Glenavon as they left it late to end their four-game losing streak.

Hamilton struck an 85th minute equaliser to earn the Lurgan Blues a point against Institute, their first since a win against Glentoran a month ago.

Glenavon were the better team in the first half and could have gone in front when Kevin Braniff's free kick was saved by Stute goalkeeper Martin Gallagher.

Braniff had another chance to break the deadlock around the half hour mark, heading over the bar after Ciaran Caldwell had nutmegged Matty Young before delivering a superb cross.

James Singleton fizzed a shot wide on 39 minutes after an Eoin Bradley cross had found Kyle Neill, whose initial effort had been blocked by a Stute defender.

The Drumahoe men, who had included Stephen O'Flynn, had their best opportunity of the first half five minutes from the break when the in-demand striker connected with Stephen Curry, and fired a shot wide.

The supporters were starting to feel the winter chill in Lurgan at the start of the second half as it looked like Glenavon, for all their earlier efforts, were starting the second half cold. Alan Blayney pulled a Robbie Hume shot out of the air. Then the Glenavon goalkeeper brilliantly denied Hume when he was sent through one-on-one by O'Flynn, getting down low to save with one hand.

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Institute took the lead with a well struck free kick from 25 yards. Singleton brought down O'Flynn, who got up, placed the ball, curled it around the wall and past an outstretched Blayney.

It was a wake-up call for Glenavon, who came close to levelling when Caldwell's powerful drive was deflected over the top.

Substitute Lee Toland came close to doubling Stute's advantage, shooting across goal from a narrow angle.

Hamilton also come off the bench and he was right into the action whipping a free kick into the box, which wasn't dealt with by Gallagher. It eventually fell for Singleton, whose cross-cum-shot evaded Kris Lindsay and William Murphy amongst others.

Singleton was then sent off after committing a last-man challenge on Paul McVeigh, although Murphy appeared to be covering the young full back.

Hamilton earned a share of the spoils for his side when his cross from the right was met by Caldwell, whose shot beat Gallagher but came back off the post for the player-boss to tap in.

Glenavon: Blayney, Murphy, Neill (Hamilton, 75 mins), Lindsay, Bradley, Caldwell, McGrory, Marshall, Braniff, McCabe, Singleton. Subs: Forsyth, Kilmartin, Sykes, McNally.

Institute: Gallagher, McLauglin, O'Donnell, Crown, D Curry, Walsh, S Curry, Young (McVeigh, 61 mins), O'Flynn, McKeever (Toland, 75 mins), Hume. Subs: Scoltock, Ferry, Forker.

Man of the match: Stephen O'Donnell (Institute)

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Evan Boyce


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