Preview: Ards v Glenavon

Glenavon’s final match before the split, with a top six finish already secured, sees them head to the Bangor Fuels Arena to take on Ards. The hosts have picked up 7 points from their last five games and with a 12 point lead over second-bottom Carrick Rangers, are probably safe from any relegation play-off concerns. This leaves them free to have a real go at catching the teams above them, Colin Nixon’s side only trailing 7th placed Dungannon Swifts by four points.

Glenavon has lost just once in the last five league games (the defeat to Coleraine last Saturday), registering home wins against Ballinamallard and Dungannon with 0-0 draws away to Glentoran and Carrick.

Gary Hamilton has been clear in his comments after last week’s defeat at home to Coleraine that his priority is to avoid any serious injuries or suspensions kicking in ahead of next Saturday’s Irish Cup Semi-final. “It’ll be a different starting eleven next week,” he told BBC Sport in his post-match comments. “We’re never going to catch third place now, given the way results have gone, so next week (against Ards) we will rest the starting eleven for the following week and make sure that they’re right and they’re ready. They’ll do a training session and some will play a part in the Reserves game, on a grass pitch because obviously it’s a 4G pitch at Bangor and that’s the kind of pitch that I feel players can pick up injuries very quickly and that’s the last thing I want.”

Craic & Stew Event

After careful consideration, and mindful that our league fixture against Ballymena on 8th April, is our only confirmed home fixture in April, the club has decided to postpone the Craic and Stew lunch, originally scheduled for the 18th March, until next season.

Anyone who has already bought a ticket for the event should contact the seller to obtain a refund. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Ball Boy/Girl Wanted

The club has been asked to provide 6 ball boys/girls for our forthcoming Irish Cup semi final on 1st April. Five of our regular match day boys will be attending. We therefore have a vacancy for one more; if your child is between 12 and 16 and would be interested you are asked to contact Noel Hayes on 07711 452321. Thank you.

Some Fixtures this Saturday

Supporters will wish to note the following Saturday morning fixtures.

Firstly, the Academy Under 13 team face Portadown at Brownstown Park in the semi final of the NIBFA National League Cup. Kick off is at 11.00 am.

Our Reserves entertain Ards in a fixture in the Development League at MVP. Kick off here is 11.30 am. Incidentally the same two teams meet again in the League at MVP on Monday 27th March; this time with a 8.00 pm start.

Your support in any of these fixtures would be very welcome.

Player of the Year Award

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Voting is now open for the Alan Steele Award for Glenavon FC Player of the Year.

The award will be presented following the last home game on 8th April. Fans should email their chosen player to: [email protected]. Entries close on 31st March at midnight. One entry per fan. Continue reading