Glenavon and Glentoran meet tonight looking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Bet McLean League Cup.

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The Lurgan Blues come into the game off the back of an impressive 0-0 draw against Coleraine – a game which either side could have won.

Not only that, it’s only 11 days since the two sides last played in the league. While Glentoran got the three points on that occasion, Glenavon took heart from their performance against the East Belfast side.

“It’s going to be a tough game in the League Cup against Glentoran. We saw them last week and they’re a good side,” said Gary.

“But we are going into the game knowing we can compete with them as well, so we have to take confidence from that.

“It’s a mid-week game which makes it tougher again.”

One of those hoping to keep his place is James Taylor, who saved a penalty against the Bannsiders – his second spot kick stop of the week.

“Gary will be looking at the tactics to see what way we can set up against the Glens. He’s always said that if you play well you stay in the team. Hopefully I’ve done that,” he said in an interview with the Glenavon Media team.

Unfortunately the game has come too quickly for Mark Stafford, who is unlikely to feature tonight as he’s unable to play two games in quick succession as he continues his recovery.

Conor McCloskey and James Singleton both remain on the injury list, but there’s good news with Calum Birney and Andrew Doyle both available for selection.

LAST TIME OUT: Luke McCullough put the Glens in front on 16 minutes when he headed home after Glenavon goalkeeper Declan Brown had failed to hold a Hrvoje Plum free-kick.

Matthew Fitzpatrick’s header levelled for the Lurgan Blues in the 70th minute, but Glentoran restored their lead almost immediately, with Jay Donnelly converting from the penalty spot after Mark Haughey had fouled Plum, and that proved to be the winner.


MATCH SPONSORS: McCleary and Co. Accountants, Skelton Travel Services, Ian Irwin, Jim Cordner, Tina Moore, Gene O’Neill, Andy Smith, Jonny Drury.

BALL SPONSORS: Ronnie Morrison



REFEREE: Shane Andrews

ASSISTANT REFEREES: Stephen Donaldson, Jamie Carnduff