Irish Premiership: Glenavon 2-0 Carrick Rangers

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Irish Premiership: Glenavon defeat Carrick at Mourneview

Glenavon are up to second in the Premiership thanks to a deserved victory over Carrick in Lurgan.

The hosts dominated and wasted a series of first-half chances to take the lead, including Andrew Mitchell heading over and Andrew Hall hitting the bar.

The breakthrough finally came on 65 minutes when Sammy Clingan scored a penalty after a foul on Jordan Jenkins.

Daniels was denied by the Rangers woodwork before Mitchell fired in from 20 yards with four minutes left.

Glenavon should have had this game wrapped up by half-time, such was their control against a disappointing Carrick side.

Daniels whistled over from the edge of the box before Mitchell managed to send a header over from four yards out.

Squandered opportunities

Hall's mishit cross found the Carrick bar and the rebound fell straight to James Singleton, but he failed to keep his volley on target.

Doherty dived low to keep out a Daniels strike and Sykes scuffed across goal and wide as a first half of frustration came to an end for Gary Hamilton's side.

It was more of the same on the restart with Doherty making a superb save to tip Hall's free-kick round the post.

Former Northern Ireland international Clingan ended Carrick's resistance, tucking away the spot-kick with calm authority.

Glenavon midfielder Sammy Clingan celebrates scoring against Carrick in the Lurgan game
Glenavon midfielder Sammy Clingan celebrates scoring against Carrick in the Lurgan game

Tuffey was largely a spectator until Andrew Mooney's shot forced him into action on a night when Carrick failed to carry an attacking threat.

Doherty made another good save to kept out a Jenkins effort but the ball fell to Daniels and he struck the post from close range.

Mitchell added the second with a delightful strike, the striker curling into the corner of the net from 20 yards.

The win moves Glenavon to within two points of leaders Coleraine, who have a game in hand and are in action on Saturday.

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