Irish Premiership: Glenavon 2-5 Linfield

DJ reign ends with win over Glenavon

David Jeffrey's Linfield reign ended with a thumping victory over Glenavon amid high emotion.

Linfield's title chances had been ended by Tuesday's insipid display against Glentoran but this was a more fitting conclusion to his 17 years in charge.

Mark McAllister's goal was cancelled out by Tiarnan Mulvenna's equaliser before Ross Clarke and Peter Thompson netted before half-time.

Thompson and Aaron Burns added further Blues goals before Andrew Hoey's reply.

Jeffrey was welcomed to the pitch by a guard of honour from both sets of players as the Blues manager was accompanied by his four god children.

McAllister volleyed Linfield ahead on eight minutes after being set up by Philip Lowry but the lead was shortlived as Mulvenna levelled for the Irish Cup finalists five minutes later.

However, within another minute Linfield were ahead again as Clarke nodded a Thompson cross past Sean McIlhone.

Hesitation in the Glenavon defence gifted a further goal to the Blues on 29 minutes as Thompson netted from close range after both he and McAllister had seen efforts blocked by the Glenavon defence.

With Glenavon having rested several of their likely cup-final line-up, Linfield continued to dominate as Thompson notched Linfield's fourth goal on 66 and Burns running through unopposed to score the fifth four minutes later.

Youngster Hoey pulled a goal back six minutes from time but the Lurgan afternoon was all about Jeffrey - despite the subsequent news that Warren Feeney had been appointed as the big man's successor.