Glenavon is off to the Bangor Fuels Arena for the second time this season. This time it’s for a Danske Bank Premiership game against Ards, kick off 3pm. The last visit saw Colin Nixon’s side deservedly beat Glenavon 4-0 in a League Cup Quarter Final so Gary Hamilton is aiming for a much better performance this time around and will be hoping to take the three points back to Lurgan.
Although Ards lost 3-0 to Ballymena United in Tuesday night’s County Antrim Shield Semifinal they did defeat Glentoran at The Oval in last Saturday’s league game, a first victory against the Glens at their East Belfast home since 1987. Jonny Frazer was one of the Ards goal scorers in their 2-0 win with his sixth of the season and he also bagged a double in that League Cup defeat of Glenavon so he’ll need to be closely marshalled by the Glenavon defence tomorrow.
Simon Kelly is available for the Lurgan Blues having served a one game suspension in Monday night’s Mid Ulster Cup win at Shamrock Park but he and Sammy Clingan will not be involved because of the 4G pitch. Andrew Doyle should be ok after recovering from a dead leg that forced him off just before the end of Friday night’s game with Linfield and he came through training with no problems this week. The news on Andy Hall is less encouraging though as he looks set to be out for a minimum of four weeks with a hamstring tear. The rest of the squad are all fit and available for selection.
Gary Hamilton is expecting a tough game from Ards. “It’ll be difficult,” he told us. “Last time in the League Cup we were embarrassed, we didn’t play well, we didn’t do ourselves justice and deservedly got beat on the night. We can’t turn up tomorrow and play like that because we’ve seen what they’ve done to us already so we have to make sure we’re bang on our game and hopefully go out and play well and get a result.
“The first match against Ards at home was a difficult game as well; we haven’t had any easy matches against them and the last match they beat us four and gave us a bit of a lesson that night in the League Cup. We were disappointed; it’s probably the only time we’ve been beaten by more than two goals this season. It was a hard night to take for us all and hopefully the boys have learnt from that and know that they can’t go down there and turn up with anything less than their best game to get a result.”
Last Five Results (League)
Ards: L L L L W
Glenavon: W D W W L
Head to Head (League)
Glenavon 3-1 Ards
Glenavon 1-0 Ards
Ards 0-1 Glenavon
Ards 1-0 Glenavon
Glenavon 3-0 Ards
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