Irish Premiership: Glenavon close in on Coleraine with 3-1 win over Glens

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Sammy Clingan's penalty double helped Glenavon to a 3-1 victory over Glentoran

Glenavon have moved within five points of league leaders Coleraine with a 3-1 win over Glentoran at the Oval.

Robbie McDaid gave the hosts the lead after four minutes, with Andrew Mitchell heading an equaliser two minutes later for the Lurgan Blues.

Sammy Clingan scored two penalties in six second-half minutes to secure the three points for Glenavon.

Clingan's goals mean that Glenavon are unbeaten in the Irish Premiership since the start of September.

It was a breathless start at the Oval, with Andy Hall firing into the Glentoran net from six yards, but referee Andrew Davey pulled play back for a Glenavon infringement in the build-up.

McDaid opened the scoring with Glentoran's first attack of the game, flicking the ball past Jonathan Tuffey with a clever finish after getting on the end of Allen's teasing cross.

Glentoran's lead lasted just two minutes, Mitchell reacting quickest to Hall's header after Josh Daniels had found the winger free in the box.

Andrew Mitchell celebrates his sixth-minute goal
Andrew Mitchell scored his 11th goal of the season to pull Glenavon level at the Oval.

Marc Griffin, brought into the starting line-up for the suspended James Singleton, had an effort deflected well wide of the goal, before Bobby Burns forced Elliott Morris into a smart save with an effort from 30 yards.

Allen, in search of his 75th goal for the East Belfast club, shot tamely into Tuffey's arms while Rhys Marshall and Hall failed to hit the target for Glenavon when finding space in the area.

Daniels tested Morris from the edge of the box after the half-time break, before Tuffey palmed Marcus Kane's header over the bar.

Kane's defensive partner Jonny Addis had a header deflected over from the resulting corner, before going close again seconds later from Nathan Kerr's delivery.

Glenavon went ahead on 74 minutes when referee Davey pointed to the spot after Tre Sterling brought down Sykes in the area, with Clingan tucking away the penalty into the bottom left corner.

Clingan scored his second penalty with eight minutes left, his fourth in three games, after Redman was penalised for handling the ball.

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