Both sides had to settle for a point in their respective games on Saturday. Gary Hamilton came off the bench to score a vital equaliser in added time and Marcio Soares was the hero for Ronnie McFall’s Ports, scoring to make it 3-3 just seconds after coming on as a substitute against Dungannon Swifts.
Hamilton was happy with the general performance and work rate against Carrick on Saturday but he’s hoping to create more chances against Portadown. “We need to bring our ‘A’ game but we also know we’ll have to fight and battle for every ball. Sometimes there’s not a lot of football played in derby games and it can come down to who wants it more or getting a wee rub of the green. The Ports are just behind us on points so there’s not much between us. Over the last two or three seasons we’ve improved our results against them after they dominated the derby games for years.”
Andy Kilmartin will be assessed tomorrow ahead of the game as he sustained a bruised leg in a bad tackle in the Carrick game which forced him to be substituted. Other than that there are no new injury concerns for Glenavon ahead of the derby.