Glenavon hit the road again tomorrow for the third away trip in a row, for game #9 in the Danske Bank Premiership as they take on Coleraine. Although Glenavon won all four games against the Bannsiders last season, Oran Kearney’s side have made a solid start to the season with three wins and a couple of draws in their first seven games so Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is expecting a tough encounter.
“Although we beat them four out of four last season, the score lines sometimes didn’t reflect the game and this season, as well as James McLaughlin, Oran has other players chipping in with goals. The season before it was them who took more points off us so it will be a tough game.
“We’ll need to be on top of our game and put in a good shift tomorrow. I’ve been pleased enough with the way we played in the last two league games and the lads showed their resilience last week when it was 10 against 9 so we are going there with a positive attitude,” Gary told us.
The Lurgan Blues boss and defender Kris Lindsay are both available after sitting out the mid-week Mid-Ulster Cup match, both having been sent off in last weekend’s game at Dungannon Swifts.
Paddy McCourt played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s Mid-Ulster Cup quarter final against Newry City AFC, scoring his first Glenavon goal in a 4-0 win, as he continues to build up his match fitness. Long-term injury duo James Singleton and Kyle Neill also started the game though Neill had to come off after half an hour as a precaution when he felt a tight calf. Simon Kelly is a doubt but David Elebert is available again after missing last Saturday’s game because of a family wedding.
Anyone who can’t make Saturday’s game at the Showgrounds will wish to note that the final game of the Under-17 European mini-tournament takes place at MVP, kick off 3.00pm, when Northern Ireland entertain San Marino. Admission is free.
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