Charity Shield: Ten-man Glenavon defeat Crusaders

Glenavon celebrate after Jordan Jenkins (right) scores the only goal in the Charity Shield
Glenavon celebrate after Jordan Jenkins (right) scores the only goal in the Charity Shield

Glenavon secured a 1-0 victory over league champions Crusaders in the Charity Shield despite playing most of the game with 10 men.

The Mourneview Park hosts faced an uphill task after Mark Patton was dismissed in the first half for a last-man foul on Gavin Whyte.

NI winger Paddy McCourt, making his home debut for Glenavon, was among those to go close.

Jordan Jenkins fired home the winner with 12 minutes left.

The substitute hit the Crusaders net after the visitors failed to clear a free-kick from Glenavon player/manager Gary Hamilton.

It was an entertaining and often feisty curtain-raiser for the Irish League season and three Crusaders players were forced off with injuries.

Crues boss Stephen Baxter will hope skipper Colin Coates, Michael Carvill and Matthew Snoddy will recover in time for next Saturday's Premiership opener against Ballymena United at Seaview.

Meanwhile, Carrick Rangers have signed Chris Morrow following the midfielder's summer departure from Crusaders.