In one of two all-Premiership Tennent’s Irish Cup Sixth Round ties, Dungannon Swifts provide the opposition at Mourneview Park tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.
Former Glenavon coach Kris Lindsay has his Swifts side playing well and getting results at the moment including a 0-1 victory at Solitude against Cliftonville in the previous round and an impressive 1-2 league victory at Coleraine last weekend.
As they always are, games with our Mid-Ulster neighbours are never easy. So far, in the two league games between the sides Glenavon has a slight edge, winning the first game 2-1 at MVP, Lindsay’s first in charge, but needing a late, late equaliser from the now-departed Steo Donnelly to rescue a point at Stangmore Park on Boxing Day.
The Swifts are unbeaten in their last five games, winning four and drawing one. Glenavon, on the other hand, has won just once in the last five, that victory coming against junior side Rosemount Rec in the last round of the cup.
Gary Hamilton is expecting the usual tough game against the Swifts. “We never get an easy game against Dungannon that’s for sure, certainly in my time. They’re games that players need to be up for. Kris has been in a while now and he’s now got the side settled and playing how he wants so it’ll be a tough test. No matter who you play in the Irish Cup, it’s a tough test but, with it being Dungannon, it’ll make it an even more difficult one.
“The boys need to be prepared for that. It’s a one-off game and we have to get results. There’s no ifs buts or maybes ‘cos if you don’t get a result you’re out and that’s your Irish Cup season gone for another year. They have to go out with the mentality tomorrow that it’s ‘win at all costs’ and do everything that they possibly can to get through to the next round.
“We had a really good performance last week against Cliftonville that set a standard that there’s no reason they can’t match every week. We have to expect that tomorrow and anything less than that is not enough. If we get that kind of performance and take our chances then we’ve a great chance of getting the result but, on the flip side of that, if we get the performance we got the week previous (against Ballymena) then they might as well not turn up. Hopefully tomorrow they can go out and give their all and come the end of the game be in the hat for the next round; that’s what our aim has to be.”
It was hoped that Andrew Mitchell would have recovered from his thigh strain in time for this game but he hasn’t made it unfortunately. Also out is striker Jordan Jenkins who also picked up a muscle strain playing for the Reserves against Cliftonville Olympic in midweek. Sammy Clingan and Robbie Norton will have late fitness tests after picking up knocks in the same Reserves game.
Last five games in all competitions
Glenavon: L W D L D
Dungannon: W W D W W
Head to Head
Last ten games in all competitions
Glenavon: W6 D2 L2 F24 A8, Average goals per game: 3.2
Four members of the Triangle GSC are sponsoring the match. The Ball Sponsor is Moira Gallops, Moira Equestrian Centre
and the Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by Philip Harrison of Craigavon Koi and Aquatics