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Lindsay's delight at Lurgan Blues hunger

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Glenavon

Keith Kennedy gives Joel Cooper his marching orders
Keith Kennedy gives Joel Cooper his marching orders

By Steven Beacom

Glenavon coach Kris Lindsay was full of praise for the Lurgan Blues, who overcame the dismissal of Joel Cooper to collect three points at Carrick Rangers.

It wasn't looking good when Darren Henderson put Carrick ahead, or when Cooper received a second booking just before the hour mark for a challenge on Daniel Larmour.

In between, Rhys Marshall had headed home a dangerous corner from Bobby Burns.

The Glenavon fans were furious at referee Keith Kennedy's decision to red card Cooper. On 81 minutes, the Carrick supporters felt the same way after he awarded a penalty following a tangle between Andrew Mitchell and Ralph Kottoy. Andy McGrory netted from the spot.

Lindsay said: "I don't think it was a great game, but we showed character. When Joel got sent off, the boys could have been thinking it was going to be one of those days, but fair play to them, they went and got the winner."

Frustrated Carrick boss David McAlinden let rip at the referee.

"I told him that I thought he had an absolute disgrace of a performance and he said I'll put that in my report," said McAlinden. "It's like dealing with children at times. The relationship is probably the worst I've seen in all my days involved in football.

"If I saw Davy Malcolm, Davy Redfearn or any of those guys who refereed when I was playing, I could stand and have a yarn with them. If I saw any of the ones today I would cross the road and not speak to them!"

CARRICK: Doherty, Smyth, Edgar, Chapman, Smith, Nimick, Larmour, Kottoy, Henderson, McNulty, Anau. Subs: Mooney (Nimick, 63 mins), Scannell (Edgar, 89 mins), Hassin, Gage, Taggart.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Burns, Doyle, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall, Marron, McGrory, Norton, Cooper, Murray. Subs: Foley (Doyle, 30 mins), Lindsay (Norton, 77 mins), Daniels (Murray, 84 mins), Griffin, O'Mahoney.

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

Man of the match: Rhys Marshall

Match rating: 6/10

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