With the sides due to meet again in just over two weeks time at Mourneview Park in the semi final of the Northern Ireland League Cup, tomorrow’s trip to Solitude in the Danske Bank Premiership sees the sides separated by just two points.
In the last league meeting, which proved to be a real thriller, Glenavon edged it 3-2 with late goals by Kris Lindsay and Greg Moorhouse that saw the Lurgan Blues twice come from behind against a 10-man Reds side that had defender and captain Jason McGuinness sent off after picking up a second yellow card for two fouls on Moorhouse.
Moorhouse, who has recently made his return from injury, has scored in his last two appearances, coming off the bench to complete the scoring in Glenavon’s 5-0 demolition of Ballymena United last weekend and opening the scoring in Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup victory by the same score-line against Dungannon Swifts.
If last Saturday’s performance is anything to go by, it would seem that Gary Hamilton has found a starting line-up that worked well, with Paddy McCourt partnering Eoin Bradley in the forward line.
“I always play 4-4-2 if the players are available and I won’t be making any changes against Cliftonville,” Gary told us. “Maybe fans appreciated our performance and Paddy’s contribution against Ballymena more because we scored five but I felt he was also excellent on the left wing against Carrick and we played really well, if not better, in that game. In fact against Carrick and at Dungannon we had more shots on target than we did against Ballymena but we just didn’t put them away. If we’d won six or seven against Carrick it wouldn’t have been an unfair reflection.”
Andrew Doyle returns from suspension having sat out Glenavon’s last two games but the Glenavon manager is unlikely to change a winning team.
Glenavon supporters intending to travel to the match are kindly reminded to take note of the PSNI advice published yesterday.
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