Kris Lindsay returns with his Dungannon Swifts team with a seventh place finish their target. Last time the teams met at Mourneview saw the Swifts knock Glenavon out of the Irish Cup. Since then the Swifts bowed out after a penalty shootout to Ballinamallard but they will have boosted their confidence with last Saturday’s dramatic win against bottom of the table Newry City who had been leading with just a few minutes to go before conceding two late goals.
Gary Hamilton will want to capitalise on last Friday night’s excellent win against Linfield but he’ll be expecting and another tough game with the visitors always proving difficult opponents. “It’s up to the players now to take the performance they put in against Linfield into this match. It’s easier for them to do it against the top teams because there’s an atmosphere and there’s encouragement and support. We’ve seen it this year with our results at home, beating Crusaders, Coleraine, Linfield, Ballymena, all the top sides. It doesn’t take a genius to work out what the problem is. What they need to do is they have to learn to deal with not having the same level of support as they do against the bigger teams. They have to learn how to accept that and learn the way to blank out the criticism and everything that comes along when playing the teams in the bottom six. That’s the test and the thing we’re going to have to improve on in the rest of the season and the next couple of seasons if we’re going to improve as a team and a squad.”
Barring Andrew Doyle and Sammy Clingan, Gary has a full squad to choose from for tomorrow’s game. Sammy has been able to resume jogging this week following shock wave treatment for his troublesome Achilles injury so hopefully we’ll see him back in the squad soon.
Budweiser Reunion Evening
There are still a few tickets available for the 30th Anniversary Celebration Evening in the Bedeck Suite which follows tomorrow’s game. Click here for full details and speak to any Director at the game tomorrow if you wish to purchase a ticket (£10 inc. stew and a free Budweiser).
Last five league games
Glenavon: W W D L W
Dungannon: L W W L W
Head to Head
Last ten games in all competitions
Glenavon: W5, D2, L3, F19, A9, Average goals per game: 2.8
- Match Sponsor: Triangle GSC
- Ball Sponsor: Paul Greenfield
- Man of the Match Sponsor: Philip Moutray
Referee: Ian McNabb, Assistants: Gareth Eakin, Paul Robinson, 4th Official: Chris Morrison
This will be Ian McNabb’s 5th Glenavon game this season. He was also the referee in the last league game between the sides at Mourneview back in September when Glenavon won 2-1.