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Greg's on fire and aiming to keep heat on defences for Glenavon

Glenavon 3 Cliftonville 2

By Billy Weir

Just as you'd thought the final strains of 'Will Grigg's on fire' had been consigned to the back of your mind after the summer, another goalscoring hero closer to home may just have re-lit those smouldering lyrical embers.

Whether 'Greg Moorhouse is on fire' becomes just as popular remains to be seen but the young Glenavon striker is fast becoming a hit in Lurgan after his late goal heroics against Cliftonville on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Dubliner, plucked from the Leinster Senior League by Glenavon striking legend Tony Grant, rose two minutes into added time to head home the winner in a pulsating game.

Jay Donnelly scored a clinical opener for the Reds in the 18th minute only for the superb Joel Cooper to level just before the break and it seemed to be advantage Glenavon when Cliftonville skipper Jason McGuinness got a second yellow card for clattering Moorhouse just before the hour.

Donnelly scampered past some abysmal defending to give the 10-men the lead with a quarter of an hour to go, only for keeper Jason Mooney to drop the ball to allow Kris Lindsay to poke home an 88th minute equaliser and then four minutes later, Moorhouse climbed to head home a thrilling winner.

Speaking afterwards, he was surrounding by some of his new-found admirers at Mourneview singing his praises, but their best efforts were just the support act.

"It was a big three points because I think we had a big chance to go and win the game at one-all and then against 10-men but blew it but there was a lot of time left but to go 2-1 down and win 3-2 shows great character," he said.

"But if that's how we have to win, I don't mind, it'll bring a lot of excitement to the club. Two goals in four days and hopefully I can go to Windsor and get another one or two."

And to keep a musical them going, his ambitions are simple - to top the goalscoring charts and see Glenavon be No.1 at the end of the season.

"I set myself a target of 20-plus, I'm not sure what the average striker gets up here, but that's what I'm setting myself. We should definitely be in the top two or three and with the squad we've got this year we should really be going close at the end of the season and I'd love to go and win the league in my first season," he added.

Glenavon: Tuffey, McGrory, Marshall, Elebert (Lindsay, 71 mins), Doyle, Martyn, Hall (Sykes, 79 mins), Kilmartin, Moorhouse, Bates (Hamilton, 72 mins), Cooper. Unused subs: Patton, Marron.

Cliftonville: J Mooney, Cosgrove, Ives, Catney, Ramsey (McGovern, 69 mins), McGuinness, Curran, Winchester, J Donnelly, Hughes (Bonner, 62 mins), M Donnelly (Garrett, 65 mins). Unused subs: McDaid, D Murray.

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

Man of the match: Joel Cooper

Match rating: 8/10

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