Institute return to Mourneview Park for the second time in December as the busy festive fixture schedule continues. On Tuesday, New Year’s Day, we host Warrenpoint Town in the Danske Bank Premiership (kick off 3pm) and next Saturday our Tennent’s Irish Cup campaign gets underway when we host Rosemount Rec. in a 5th Round tie.

Stute’s last visit at the beginning of the month produced a six goal thriller which ended all square, After taking an early lead through a Stephen Murray goal, Glenavon had to come from behind twice to earn a point. Top-scorer Michael McCrudden bagged four in the remarkable 6-4 victory over Cliftonville last weekend and his penalty at home to Ards on Boxing Day was enough to secure another win for Paddy McLaughlin’s side.

Mark Sykes and Michael McCrudden in action earlier this month. Photo by Alan Weir

“We were disappointed with the result on Boxing Day. We created quite a few chances but we didn’t take them and we were disappointed to come away with just the one point. I can’t fault the boys effort or commitment but we have to be more clinical and have belief in ourselves when we get those chances,” Gary Hamilton said.

“It’ll be another difficult game against Institute. We played them the other week and it was a really, really hard game. Michael McCrudden’s on fire at the minute and he’s a player that I rate very highly. You don’t get any easy games in this league so we have to turn up tomorrow and when we create chances, we have to take them.”

Josh Daniels has overcome his knee injury but will be making his return in the Reserves at the Brandywell tomorrow whilst Conor McCloskey is still out with a hamstring strain.

Stephen Murray wheels away after opening the scoring in the last game against Institute. Photo by Alan Weir

Matchday Sponsors

The William Walker GSC is sponsoring tomorrow’s match, the Ball Sponsor is Tandragee Sewing Machines and our Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by supporter Peter Cardwell.

Form Guide

Last five league games

Glenavon: D L W D D

Institute: L D D W W

Head to Head

Last ten games in all competitions

Glenavon: W6 D2 L2 F23 A13, Average goals per game: 3.6

Match Officials

Referee: Ian McNabb, Assistants: Gareth Eakin, TBC, 4th Official: Barry Monaghan

Ian McNabb takes charge of a Glenavon game for the third time this season, having been the man in the middle for the opening day defeat by Linfield and our 2-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts which was Kris Lindsay’s first game in charge.