WINDMILL Stars defend a free kick during Tuesday night's game at Mourneview Park.
Glenavon 2–0 Windmill Stars
WINDMILL Stars frustrated Glenavon for over an hour, but in the end the Mid Ulster Cup holders progressed to the next round of the competition at Mourneview Park.
Windmill had plenty of experience in their line-up – John Joe Maguire and Timmy Grant for example have played in the Irish League. Glenavon, meanwhile, included former Northern Ireland international Sammy Clinghan in their side who was returning from a calf injury.
The Lurgan Blues had the majority of the first half chances as Windmill frustrated the Premiership outfit.
Niall Grace was left thumping the crossbar in frustration as he connected with a Ben Doherty cross, touching it just wide on five minutes.
Windmill 'keeper Peter Murphy tipped over a Conor McCluskey corner which was dipping under the crossbar, while Glenavon right back Gary Muir fired over from 35 yards out. Kris Lindsay headed over a McCloskey corner as Windmill soaked up the pressure.
That pressing continued into the second half with Jordan Jenkins heading narrowly wide for the Lurgan Blues five minutes after the restart.
Substitute Matthew Bagnall came to the rescue four minutes later with a fantastic last-gasp tackle to stop Doherty after he had waltzed through the middle of the Windmill defence.
Stars' resilience had lasted for 63 minutes when the deadlock was finally broken. Jenkins flicked in a McCloskey corner with a header and a minute later Glenavon's lead was doubled through Doherty's low, left footed strike from the edge of the box.
They could have added a third late on when Steo Donnelly was denied following good work down the left by Leighton Jameson.
Christopher McMahon forced James Taylor into the only save he had to make all evening in stoppage time with a long range drive.
GLENAVON: James Taylor, Niall Grace, Steo Donnelly, Sammy Clinghan (Oisin Barr 68), Daniel Larmour, Conor McCluskey, Gary Muir, Leighton Jameson, Kris Lindsay (Ross Harland 85), Jordan Jenkins, Ben Doherty (Patrick Burns 82). Subs not used: Shea Geraghty, Samuel Harpur.
WINDMILL STARS: Peter Murphy, Jordan King (Matthew Bagnall 51), Patrick Magill, Ruari Cunningham (Damien McParland 84), Ronan Millar, Christopher McMahon, John Joe Maguire, Joseph McLoughlin, Timmy Grant, Daniel Devlin (Gregory McCabe 59), Gareth White. Subs not used: Christopher Havern, David McCabe.
REFEREE: Neil Robinson.