Game is ON following an 11am pitch inspection.
Glenavon travel to take on Glentoran in tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture at The Oval with new Glens manager Alan Kernaghan seeking his first win since taking over from Eddie Patterson.
The hosts have striker Curtis Allen back from a ban but Willie Garrett is suspended having picked up his 5th caution. Kyle Neill returns from his one game ban after sitting out last Saturday’s Mourneview Park victory over Linfield.
“Everybody who played last Saturday is fully fit and Kyle comes back into the squad and will be on the bench tomorrow, ” Gary revealed. When asked about Kevin Braniff’s comeback from his hamstring injury he told us “Kevin started back training on Thursday night and now it’s a question of building up his fitness over a few more training sessions and then he’ll get a chance to gradually build up game time with the Reserves. We want to make sure he’s right before we bring him back as you can’t take chances with hamstring injuries.”
There has been speculation recently over interest from other clubs in Daniel Kearns who has proven a big hit with the Glenavon fans. “Obviously we want to keep him. His quality is there for all to see and we’ll be trying hard to work out something if we possibly can,” Gary explained.
Looking ahead to the trip tomorrow Gary said “They have a new manager and they have raised their levels and have been improving over the last few games. It’s always difficult at The Oval so we have to be professional and carry on doing what we’ve been doing well in the last few games. We’ll have to be on top of our game and show the qualities that have earned us three points in each of our last three games.”
The sides drew 0-0 in the Mourneview Park game earlier in the season, one of only three league games this season when Glenavon has failed to score, though it wasn’t for want of trying with the woodwork and goal line clearances denying the Lurgan Blues a first home win of the season.
The Oval has recently been a happy hunting ground for Glenavon who have won there on the last four visits. Last season was particularly pleasing for Gary Hamilton who scored a double to help complete a 4-2 comeback win last November and the player-manager grabbed the late winner in a 2-1 victory back in February.
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