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Murray at double puts Glenavon in final

Glenavon 4 Warrenpoint Town 0

Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Stephen Murray grabbed a double to send holders Glenavon into the final of the Mid-Ulster Cup with a 4-0 win over Warrenpoint Town at Mourneview Park.

The Lurgan Blues also got goals from Sammy Clingan and Daniel Larmour as they bounced back from Saturday's defeat at Carrick Rangers and get the chance to defend their title in the decider.

Goalkeeper James Taylor kept a clean sheet in an impressive display from Gary Hamilton's men, who were rarely troubled by their fellow Premiership opponents.

The tone for the game was set when Conor McCloskey smashed a drive that 'Point stopper Berraat Turker had to tip onto the crossbar, but it didn't take long for Glenavon to forge ahead.

Clingan, who has been missing with a long-term Achilles problem, made a goal-scoring return as he grabbed the opener on the half-hour mark, curling in a perfectly struck free-kick.

Murray had a goal correctly disallowed for offside before a quick double salvo from the Lurgan Blues put the tie to bed, with Larmour nodding in after a bit of head tennis in the box before Murray grabbed his first goal of the game, finishing off Andy Hall's through ball.

Indeed, such was the hosts' dominance that they should have been further ahead, McCloskey somehow putting the ball over from five yards, while Murray should have buried a chance only to be denied by Turker.

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But the striker did finish off the scoring with 10 minutes to go, pouncing on a rebound to drill in the fourth from 12 yards.

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