Glenavon go to Inver Park in the semi-finals of the European play-offs tonight (7.30pm kick-off).
Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Dungannon Swifts was enough to see them make the final four, and manager Gary Hamilton was pleased that his team had achieved their mission for the season.
“From the start of the season we wanted to finish in a position where we had an opportunity to play in Europe and thankfully we have done that,” he said.
“We’ve given ourselves an opportunity to to play a very strong Larne team and have a chance of getting into the final.”
It has been a long, tough season, which has now rolled into June, and Gary paid a special tribute to his squad for the way they have handled themselves over the course of the year.
“Every single one of the players has been outstanding this season. They’ve been a credit to themselves,” he added.
“The amount of injuries we have had this season has been ridiculous but we’ve got on with it, we haven’t complained about it. We’ve got on with it, we set ourselves a target to give ourselves an opportunity at the end of the season and we’ve done that.
“Whether we can do it or not on Tuesday night we will have to see, but we will go out, give it our best and see if it’s good enough.”
Glenavon will go into the game as the underdogs but the Lurgan Blues boss believes that we aren’t that far away from the clubs who finished ahead of them this season.
“[Larne] are full time – they should be better than us. If you look at the top four this season, three of them were the full-time teams.
“But we have done well this season. Before the split we were one point off the top six. If a few decisions had gone our way we would have been in there as well and we wouldn’t have had to worry about these last five games.
“It’s been a big ask for the players but thankfully they’ve got us there.”
Glenavon will be without Aaron Harmon for tonight’s game after he went off during Saturday’s game with a hamstring problem.
Tonight’s game is being streamed live on 247.tv/niprem, costing £7.50. Glenavon will receive half of the stream profits.
MATCH OFFICIALS: To be confirmed
LAST TIME OUT: Glenavon came from behind twice to secure a point in a 2-2 draw with Larne at Mourneview Park on Saturday afternoon.
Martin Donnelly put the visitors ahead on 18 minutes when he squeezed a low shot past Craig Hyland, but the in-form Matthew Fitzpatrick drew Glenavon level just five minutes later when he drilled home.
David McDaid restored Larne’s advantage five minutes before half-time when he tapped in after Jeff Hughes’ header had come back off the post.
Substitute Conan Byrne won and converted a penalty in the 73rd minute to secure a hard-fought point for the Lurgan Blues.