Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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KR Reykjavík 2-1 Glenavon

Defender Simon Kelly scored a crucial away goal for Glenavon
Defender Simon Kelly scored a crucial away goal for Glenavon

Simon Kelly scored an early away goal as Glenavon lost 2-1 to KR Reykjavik in the first leg of their Europa League first round qualifier in Iceland.

Defender Kelly headed home from Andy Hall's corner in the 14th minute to give the Irish Cup winners the lead.

Palmi Palmason levelled by volleying a right-foot shot into the net from 12 yards five minutes before the break.

Substitute Holmbert Fridjonsson found the net with a penalty on 79 after Andrew Doyle conceded the spot-kick.

Glenavon were without striker Declan O'Brien and midfielder Andy McGrory, who are both on holiday, while injured pair David Elebert and Kevin Braniff were ruled out, along with long-term absentees James Singleton and Kyle Neill.

Kelly's opener got the Lurgan Blues off to the perfect start, before Mark Sykes saw a shot saved as Gary Hamilton's side sought to extend their advantage.

Palmason struck to bring the home side level and Fridjonsson's penalty proved decisive on the night.

Eoin Bradley and Gregory Moorhouse had chances for the visitors in the second half.

The second leg will be staged at Mourneview Park, Lurgan, on Thursday 7 July.

Line-ups

KR Reykjavík

  • 1Magnusson
  • 4Praest
  • 7FridgeirssonSubstituted forJósepssonat 83'minutes
  • 2Beck
  • 8Margeirsson
  • 22HaukssonSubstituted forFazlagicat 87'minutes
  • 10Pálmason
  • 6GunnarssonBooked at 60mins
  • 11Beck AndersenSubstituted forFridjonssonat 73'minutes
  • 16Sigurdsson
  • 17Chopart

Substitutes

  • 9Fridjonsson
  • 13Jensson
  • 18Jósepsson
  • 20Fazlagic
  • 24Michaelsson
  • 27Tryggvason
  • 30Sigurdarson

Glenavon

  • 1Tuffey
  • 4KellyBooked at 63mins
  • 10Bradley
  • 9Cooper
  • 6LindsayBooked at 21minsSubstituted forDoyleat 56'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 8Marshall
  • 24MartynBooked at 35minsSubstituted forKilmartinat 83'minutes
  • 11Hall
  • 12Patton
  • 14Sykes
  • 20MoorhouseSubstituted forHamiltonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hamilton
  • 7Kilmartin
  • 16Doyle
  • 18Taylor
  • 21O'Mahony
Referee:
Nicolas Laforge
Attendance:
502

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