Tonight sees the start of this season’s Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup campaign with Glenavon taking on Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park.
Mourneview, of course, is hosting this year’s semi-finals and finals. The possibility of the Lurgan Blues lifting the cup inside their own stadium is a massive incentive for Gary Hamilton and his players.
“As a manager and as someone who supported Glenavon all my life, that would be the dream come true,” he said.
“We all have dreams. A dream for me would be to get to the final and win it on our home patch.
“It’s going to be tough. However, we’ve won the cup before and I’ve said to the players that there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.
“They have to believe in themselves that they can win trophies and there are some good players in our changing room.”
Glenavon, who have won four of their last five games, take on a Swifts side which has won two games in 2021. Not that the form guide counts for anything in cup football, mind you.
“They’re a different side now, they’re playing a different way,” added the Glenavon manager, who watched most of their game against Crusaders.
“The last time we played them we started really well but towards the end we let ourselves go a wee bit. The time before that it was 2-1 but they could have scored right at the death to make it 2-2.
“We have to make sure we’re switched on Tuesday night, make sure our attitudes are right and hopefully give ourselves a chance of making it through to the next round.”
Glenavon will be without Colin Coates, who came off during Saturday’s win over Linfield, otherwise the squad is unchanged.
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm and costs £5 to watch on 247.tv/niprem. Season ticket holders should check their emails for an important announcement regarding their access to tonight’s game.
Tonight’s stream features highlights from a classic cup win, some very exciting news from the Glenavon Academy, and interviews with Calum Birney and Jack O’Mahony – you’ll not want to miss it.
REFEREE: Evan Boyce
ASSISTANT REFEREES: Kristian Hanna, Mark O’Brien
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Peter McGrath
MATCH SPONSOR: Skelton Travel & a syndicate
BALL SPONSOR: Ian Milne & Sons
MAN OF THE MATCH SPONSOR: The Sinnamon Family
LAST TIME OUT: Three points, four goals and a clean sheet – Gary Hamilton could not have asked for a better night against Dungannon Swifts. A Greg Moorhouse opener and two fine Andy Hall free kicks sent Glenavon on their way to their biggest win of the season so far, with Matthew Fitzpatrick making it five goals out of five games in a row in the second half.