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FOOTBALL: Glenavon in driving seat; GLENAVON 2 COLERAINE 1.

Byline: BILL IRELAND

GLENAVON virtually assured themselves of European entry as rivals Coleraine were reduced to nine men at Mourneview Park.

The defeat leaves Coleraine seven points adrift and Glenavon, who only require a third place finish, have a match in hand.

Manager Marty Quinn said: "It is all over. We will now concentrate on making it into the Inter Toto Cup."

Even the consolation prize could still elude Coleraine, whose injury crisis has been worsened by the dismissal of centre back Nigel Quigley and centre forward Jody Tolan who will both miss Tuesday night's match with Omagh Town.

Quinn had no alternative but to start with a weakened team at Mourneview and could only watch in horror as both Quigley and Tolan were dispatched by referee Stephen Weatherall.

The experienced Quigley appeared to aim a blow at centre forward Garry Haylock, who a minute earlier had shot Glenavon into a 2-0 lead.

Coleraine hit back with a goal from midfielder Kevin Keegan.

Glenavon were given the lead when a long-range free kick from fullback Johnny Montgomery appeared to glance off the head of defender Michael Smyth.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2001
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