Glenavon travel down the M1 tomorrow to take on a high-flying Dungannon Swifts side at Stangmore Park in Danske Bank Matchday 4 (kick-off 3pm).
Kris Lindsay’s side is sitting pretty in second place and unbeaten in their three opening league fixtures so Gary Hamilton will be expecting another tough game tomorrow. Glenavon picked up their first win of the season last Saturday at home to struggling Warrenpoint Town and Gary will be looking to make it two wins in a row but, as usual with games between the two Mid-Ulster sides, both sets of players will be out to hold the bragging rights come Saturday night.
“All our games against Dungannon over the years have been difficult. I’ve always said it to the boys every time we go down there, unless you’re on the top of your game and you’re ready for a battle then forget about it because it’s a really difficult place to go and get results. Ballymena has went there and drew and the Glens have went there and got beat so they’ve had two good results at home so far and tomorrow will be no different. They’ll be up for it and as we all know Kris is a great coach and he’s gone into management and he’s done really well at that too. He’ll have them organized and he has the advantage that he knows all our players inside out as well.
“We need to go out with the right mindset, attitude and application and we’ll need to play for the 90 minutes. Of course the other team will have periods but we have to make sure that we try and control the game as much as we can because if we don’t it’s certainly a place where it won’t be easy to come away from with three points. Last week’s win got us back to winning ways and that gives us confidence going in to tomorrow’s game and the boys have to go out and believe they can take three points tomorrow. To get three points you have to go out, work hard and win the battle first and foremost and if you do that you give yourself the chance of getting points at any ground in this league.”
Head to Head
Last ten league meetings (home and away)
Glenavon: W5 D3 L2 F14 A8, Average goals per game = 2.2
Last five results at Stangmore Park
- Swifts 0-1 Glenavon 23/01/2016
- Swifts 1-1 Glenavon 17/09/2016
- Swifts 0-3 Glenavon 23/12/2017
- Swifts 2-3 Glenavon 24/03/2018
- Swifts 1-1 Glenavon 26/12/2018
Referee: Ross Dunlop, Assistants: Gareth Eakin, Ken Ross, 4th Official: Niall Gallagher