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Lurgan Blues take a memorable scalp

Glenavon 2 Hearts 1

Opening goal: Stephen Murray set Glenavon on their way
Opening goal: Stephen Murray set Glenavon on their way

By Mark McAuley

Glenavon marked their 130th anniversary celebrations with a memorable victory over Hearts at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

Goals from Stephen Murray and Matthew Ferguson put the Lurgan Blues in control against the Scottish Premiership side, who struck a late consolation through Sean Clare.

Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington started the game, while former Glenavon favourite Bobby Burns was introduced at the break, by which time the hosts had already edged in front courtesy of Murray's confident finish past goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal.

Ferguson - son of ex-Mourneview hero Glenn - made it 2-0 when he powered home a header just past the hour.

Burns drew a save from home stopper Jonny Tuffey and Connor Smith was just off target before the Edinburgh outfit got themselves on the scoresheet when, with four minutes remaining, Ryan Edwards swung in a cross which was volleyed into the net by substitute Clare.

At Seaview, meanwhile, Crusaders geared up for their Europa League contest with B36 Torshavn by putting seven goals without reply past Maiden City.

Leading through a Declan Caddell header at the interval, two Paul Heatley strikes made it 3-0 before Jordan Owens added his name to the scoresheet.

David Cushley claimed the fifth and, after Ronan Hale found the net, Cushley's second wrapped things up.

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