Davy O’Hare and Paul McVeigh sign off league careers

Michael Scott

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Michael Scott

Davy O’Hare and Paul McVeigh waved goodbye to their Irish League careers as they bowed out following an entertaining season finale.

Davy O’Hare and Paul McVeigh waved goodbye to their Irish League careers as they bowed out following an entertaining season finale.

Both players were treated to a guard of honour and warm applause as they took to the pitch.

They would come up against each other later, and while the DC striker would win that battle it was O’Hare who signed off with the three points.

Goals from Grant Gardiner and Matt Rooney (2) helped Glenavon claim a 3-1 win – McVeigh bagged DC’s reply with a well-taken penalty.

Celtic’s season has not finished yet, with a promotion/relegation play-off looming for the west Belfast club.

“We aren’t too disappointed with the result because we had seven or eight players sitting in the stand from the first XI,” manager Pat McAllister said.
“I couldn’t take any risks with them through bookings and injuries.

“The players who have come in have given me something to think about. They all know the importance of the play-off and what’s at stake.

“The focus is now on the next two games and ensuring our Premier League status. I’ve no preference over who we play as the game plan will be the same – that’s to go out and win.”

The win for Glenavon was their fourth out of five post-split fixtures, meaning that had Section B of the Premiership been treated as a mini-league the Lurgan Blues would have pipped Portadown to the title.

“We started the game really well and once we got the first goal I felt we had the better management of the game,” said First Team Coach Nigel Law.

“The disappointment of the game was that we didn’t kick on from the second goal and kill the game off as we let DC back into it but thankfully we did score the third and saw the game out comfortably.”