Glenavon’s postponed Danske Bank Premiership game with Glentoran at Mourneview Park has been re-arranged for Monday 15 February, kick -off 7:45pm.
Today’s game has been called off following a pitch inspection due to the heavy overnight snow.
Saturday’s visit of Glentoran is the first of a league and cup double-header between the two sides, tomorrow’s league game at Mourneview Park being followed up next Saturday with a visit to The Oval for a Tennents Irish Cup 6th Round tie.
With, weather permitting, a visit to Carrick on Tuesday night for a re-arranged league game, this will be a busy and important week for Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon team.
The visitors will be keen to avoid a fifth successive league defeat and bounce back from last week’s 4-0 home loss to bottom of the table Warrenpoint Town. Gary has his players well prepared for a potential backlash from Alan Kernaghan’s Glens as he looks to maintain Glenavon’s excellent form and keep up the push to finish as high up the table as possible. “We’re at the stage in the season when every game is meaningful and its all about getting wins as teams are either fighting for their lives or trying to push up the table. We expect it to be a tough game tomorrow and hopefully we will put in the sort of performances that we have been doing and come away with the right result.
“Playing the same team in quick succession is never easy and, as we saw with Linfield and Ballymena recently, it’s very difficult to win both games but we’ll certainly be trying our hardest to do that.”
Andy Hall has trained both nights this week after coming off following a clash of knees at Dungannon last weekend and he’s fit to continue his impressive debut season with Glenavon against the Glens tomorrow. The winger, who already has five goals and 16 assists to his credit, is set to miss Tuesday’s re-scheduled game as he has picked up his 5th caution of the season but, if that game doesn’t go ahead then Hall will have to sit out the Irish Cup game next Saturday. “Andy’s been excellent for us but whichever game he misses, there are others who have been waiting patiently for their chance,” Gary concluded.
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Another bumper edition of the Glenavon Match Programme will be on sale priced £2. Featured in this week’s edition are an interview with the boss on how he feels about finally getting out of 5th place, news from the Academy and Reserves and Andy Hall reveals who wears flared jeans in the squad!
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At the meeting of the Premier League Management Committee on Monday evening it was decided that all games on Easter Tuesday (March 29th) will kick-off at 7.45pm.
As this will be the 33rd series of games and therefore the last before the split, sporting integrity dictated that all six fixtures should commence on the same day and at the same time.
Glenavon is at home to Ballymena United for this fixture.
Glenavon Coach Brian McLoughlin discusses the game with Lurgan Mail Sports Editor Gary Ellis.
Gary Hamilton reverts to the same line-up that started last Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Cliftonville. Rodney McAree makes five changes from Tuesday’s Mid Ulster Cup team that beat Glenavon 3-2: Dougie Wilson, Ryan Harpur, Alan Teggart, Jamie Glackin and ex-Glenavon striker Andrew Mitchell all come in from the kick off.
Glenavon started the game at a fast pace, forcing three corners inside the first two minutes. From the third one Rhys Marshall had a header blocked and his follow up shot seemed to hit Eoin Bradley enroute towards the goal.
Bradley then broke down the right and fired wide from the edge of the area.
In the 9th minute Mitchell crossed from the left for Ryan Harpur but his right foot volley flew wide.
The clearest chance of the half came in the 12th minute when Kris Lowe was caught in possession by Mark Sykes and as the young Glenavon midfielder carried the ball towards the Swifts box he had Bradley and Daniel Kearns either side of him but he elected to shoot and Andy Coleman did well to advance and make a save at close range.
On the half hour Teggart neatly sidestepped a challenge and swept the ball out to Jamie Glackin who saw his low shot across Jonny Tuffey touched around the post by the Glenavon keeper.
Bradley had a shot from 12 yards blocked by Dermot McCaffrey and Andy Hall ran onto a lay-off from Joel Cooper only to see his shot deflected for a corner.
In the first minute of the second half Bradley was denied by the legs of Coleman as the Glenavon striker went for a rare right foot shot from a cut-back by Kearns.
Cooper finally put Glenavon ahead in the 52nd minute with a neat left foot finish from just inside the ‘D’ from a pass in from the left by Hall.
Five minutes later Lowe ran onto Mitchell’s knock down but he blazed his shot well over the bar. Harpur then tried his luck with a 25 yard shot that curled just wide of Tuffey’s left-hand post following a lay-off by Glackin who then saw a dipping volley land on the roof of the net.
Substitute Gary Liggett drew a good save from Tuffey with a 25 yard drive that the Glenavon keeper did well to hold on to in the wet conditions.
In the end it was a hard-fought victory for Glenavon that sees them move into fourth place ahead of Coleraine on goal difference.