Glenavon will look to win a record 27th Mid-Ulster Cup tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).
The final, which will be played at Mourneview Park, will be a repeat of the 2020 decider against Loughgall, which Dean Smith’s side won 3-2.
The Lakeview Park outfit reached the final after defeating Annagh United, while Glenavon beat a Warrenpoint Town side comprising of their U20s on Wednesday night 3-0.
Gary Hamilton told Glenavon Media: “I thought Warrenpoint played well, they played their under 20s but they did well and they deserve a lot of credit for their performance.
“They were playing against experienced boys who were coming back from injury. It was good for our boys to get 90 minutes in but because they were playing a younger team the play was a bit sloppy in the first half.
“Thankfully we got a word with them at half time. They sped the game up a little in the second half and the tempo was a lot higher. We created a lot more chances – their goalkeeper was excellent and only for him we might have scored a lot more goals.”
The Glenavon manager was more than happy with the 3-0 win, and was particularly pleased for Josh Doyle who scored all three goals.
“It’s brilliant for him. It’s been tough for all the Dublin lads because they haven’t had a pre-season and they had been out of the game for so long.
“We got that game against Annagh the other week and the semi-final gave us another chance to look at them.
“We’ve got a big game now on Saturday against Loughgall who will be as strong, if not stronger, than Annagh.
“It will be good for me to get a look at the guys in that standard of a game and see what they’re made of.”
This year’s Mid-Ulster Cup has been particularly useful for Hamilton. While he would normally use it as a platform to bring through younger players, this year it has provided an opportunity for more experienced players to get game time.
“You have the situation with the Dubliners and then you have guys like Calum Birney and Lee McNulty who have been injured, Robbie Norton got injured in pre-season as did Conan [Byrne].
“It’s unfortunate for our younger players but we have a lot of big games coming up so we need our experienced players to be as match-fit as they can be.”
Saturday’s game will be behind closed doors, however the Glenavon Media team will be streaming the game live and for free on the club’s Facebook page from 2.55pm.