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Glenavon find a perfect blend to win battle for Cup glory

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By Gareth McCullough

Glenavon lifted the Mid-Ulster Cup at Newry Showgrounds last night as a mix of fringe players and a few experienced heads saw off Newry City AFC.

After City had taken an early lead through Keith Johnston, Gary Hamilton's side levelled just before half-time through an Andy McGrory penalty before taking the lead courtesy of a stunning Stephen McCavitt strike and wrapping things up late on through Jack O'Mahony.

City took the lead after just three minutes when Mark McCabe flicked a header into the path of Johnston, who slotted home.

Their next chance arrived in the 10th minute when McCabe was in the clear, but Kris Lindsay got back to deflect behind.

After Johnston had gone close with a free-kick that was sliced out by Glenavon player-manager Hamilton, City went even closer to doubling their lead.

Stephen Hughes slid the ball to McCabe, who laid it off to Johnston.

He in turn teed up Declan Carville but Lurgan Blues goalkeeper James Taylor did well to hold.

Despite City's dominance, they conceded five minutes before the break after a mix-up between goalkeeper Steven Maguire and defender John Boyle led to a Glenavon penalty.

A diagonal ball saw Maguire and Boyle both go for it with Glenavon striker Jordan Jenkins in the middle.

A combination of both City players flattened Jenkins and referee Jamie Robinson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Captain for the night, McGrory slotted home.

It took the visitors just seven minutes after the break to go in front when McCavitt picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and fired home a superb finish.

City were inches away from equalising a minute after the hour when Boyle put McCabe scampering through, but the striker pulled his shot just wide of the post.

Newry again nearly drew level on 69 minutes when Thomas McCann weaved his way through four tackles only for McGrory to get in a superb diving block.

McCabe should have levelled seven minutes from time when Mark Hughes' ball found the forward in space but he somehow managed to lift it over the bar from close range.

The Lurgan Blues then sealed the victory on 87 minutes when O'Mahony read a weak backpass before slotting home.

NEWRY CITY AFC: Maguire, McArdle, Mooney, King, Boyle, McCann, S Hughes (Walker 75), Carville (Cunningham 90), McCabe, Johnston, M Hughes (Havern 87). Subs not used: Mullen, McMahon

GLENAVON: Taylor (Byrne 90), McGrory, Curran, Lindsay, Hamilton (McKeown H-T), Foley, O'Mahony, Norton, Jenkins, Griffin (Hunter 65), McCavitt.

Subs not used: Harland, Jamison

Referee: Jamie Robinson

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