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Murray bags a brace at Mourneview

Glenavon 3 Institute 1

Goal scorer: Stephen Murray celebrates after netting
Goal scorer: Stephen Murray celebrates after netting

By Alex Mills

Stephen Murray last night grabbed a deadly double at Mourneview Park to help Glenavon rack up back-to-back League wins for the first time this season.

The Lurgan Blues carried on where they left off on Friday when they out fought and out thought current Danske Bank Premiership champions Linfield to claim a vital three points that moves Gary Hamilton's troops up to eighth in the table following the demolition of Institute.

The game was as good as over at half-time with Murray the tormentor in chief. Robbie Garrett also got on the scoresheet in a totally one-side opening half.

Jamie McIntyre did pull one back for the visitors late on.

Joe McCready should have had Sean Connor's team in front on two minutes when he pounced on a defence-splitting pass from Evan Tweed, but could only screw his shot wide.

Glenavon responded with Andy Mitchell releasing Kyle Beggs on the right and his pull-back was met by Rhys Marshall, whose thumping low drive crashed back off a post.

They were not to be denied. Having picked up a Mitchell flick, Murray tricked his way past Dean Curry, before curling a shot beyond the diving Rory Brown.

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The Lurgan Blues were right out of luck on 11 minutes when Beggs cut in from the right only to see his shot clip a post.

But the home fans were celebrating again two minutes later with another Garrett blockbuster. He picked up a pass from Mitchell and let fly from 20-yard and found the roof of the net.

Hamilton's boys were out of sight 10 minutes before the break. Goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey sent a hopeful punt through the middle that was flicked on by Josh Daniels for Murray to score from a seemingly impossible angle at the second time of asking.

The theme continued after the restart. Mitchell stung the hands of Brown with a free kick before the busy shot-stopper produced a wonder save from a Begg's shot.

Institute appeared determined to shoot themselves in the foot. Niall Grace headed a Harmon corner kick against his own crossbar seconds before Brown rescued a sliced clearance from Dean Curry.

In a rare raid forward, Institute almost pulled one back 22 minutes from time when substitute Shane McNamee's blistering shot cracked the top of the crossbar.

They did gain a consolation goal six minutes from time, with McIntyre finishing off a pass form Aaron McGurk.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Marron, Doyle, Daniels (McCloskey 79), Marshall, Mitchell (Hunter 56), Harmon, Beggs, McMurray, Singleton, Garrett (Wearen 63).

Unused subs: Taylor, Larmour, Burns, Hamilton.

INSTITUTE: Brown, McLaughlin, D Curry, Grace, Tourish, McIntyre, McCauley, McCready (Bradley 63), Tweed (McNamee 46), Crown (Morrow 80), McGurk.

Unused subs: Wells, S Curry, Leppard, Stephenson.

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

Man of the match: Kyle Beggs

Match rating: 7/10.

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