Glenavon travel to Seaview to take on Crusaders with three consecutive league wins under their belt. The Champions are unbeaten in the league, not having lost since the opening day of the season. Despite being knocked out of the League Cup by Championship 1 side Institute and needing a late Diarmuid O’Carroll equaliser to earn a point last weekend at Ballinamallard, Stephen Baxter’s side will present a tough challenge to Gary Hamilton’s team tomorrow.
Games between the sides are usually action-packed and the last ten meetings in all competitions have averaged 4.5 goals per game so fans are virtually guaranteed a feast of entertaining football and plenty of goal-mouth action.
Gary is facing selection problems in defence tomorrow after Simon Kelly and Conor Dillon picked up injuries in training this week. “We’ll assess them ahead of kick-off before we make a final decision. Normally we wouldn’t risk playing Kris (Lindsay) on the Seaview surface but he has made himself available for selection if we need him. Gareth McKeown is fit again and has played a number of games with the Reserves but he missed pre-season and won’t be fully match fit,” Gary explained. Gary also confirmed he won’t be playing himself due to his well-documented long-term injury problems which would be aggravated by playing on the artificial surface.
New signing Daniel Kearns will be in the 18 man squad tomorrow and he, along with a number of other members of the first team squad who need game time, will probably play a full 90 minutes in Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup game.
“We’ll be going there to give a good account of ourselves and to try to win tomorrow. They’re very strong at home and they make it a tough task for any team that goes there. We have to stay in the game and look for a repeat of the performance at this stage last season when we won 4-1” Gary concluded.
The Referee and his two assistants on Saturday are from the Lithuanian FA.
|Referee||Assistant 1||Assistant 2||4th Official|
|Donatas Rumšas||Šarunas Tamulynas||Gevork Arakelianas||Ross Dunlop|