Glenavon will look to get back to winning ways tomorrow (Saturday) when Ballymena United come to Mourneview Park.

While the Lurgan Blues are seeing a second home win in a row, they are looking to end a rotten end of luck where they have been unable to get results in some big games so far this season.

The most recent case in point was last Saturday’s game against Cliftonville, where Gary Hamilton’s side, having been the better team and gone in front just before half time, ended up losing 2-1 and finishing the game with 10 men.

While Gary is frustrated with his side’s lack of luck at the moment, he remains positive given recent performance.

“I’ve taken heart from every single game we’ve played this season except the Carrick game,” he said.

“We aren’t getting any luck whatsoever – people say I’m moaning on but it’s fact.

“When you see the performance that we put in against Cliftonville I’m sure they will even admit that they didn’t deserve to win the game. But they have gone away with three points from the game and we’ve deserved to get something from the game and come away with nothing.

“It was the same against Glentoran, Larne – it’s just the way it’s been.

“I have to try and pick the players up every week because they’re sitting with their heads in their hands. I’m telling them that if they keep putting in performances like they have been doing it has to change at some stage.

“It’s not as if we have been playing badly every week and getting those results – we’re playing well, we’re competing and probably shading it in most of the games that we’re getting nothing from.

“At some stage our luck has to change. We can’t keep having bad luck.”

If their luck is to change, it will have to be without Matthew Snoddy, who was sent off at the end of last week’s game at Solitude.

However, there is good news with no further injuries to report and only Mark Haughey missing for tomorrow’s game.

There’s one thing for sure about games between Glenavon and Ballymena United – they always produce goals. There have been 19 in the last six meetings between the two teams, with Glenavon coming out on top on four of those games. The last two meetings ended in a win for Ballymena and a 1-1 draw.

In fact, you have to go back to 2018 for the last 0-0 draw between the two teams. In fact, since 1991, there have been only six scoreless stalemates between the teams!

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are on sale now through the ticketing section of, while tickets for the Gary Hamilton Testimonial Night at the Races, priced at £10, will be available from the Blue Zone on the day.

Supporters are also reminded about the Act of Remembrance taking place before the game at the Memorial Garden at 2.15pm.

LAST TIME OUT: Glenavon conceded a 92nd-minute equaliser as they drew 1-1 away to Ballymena United on Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Fitzpatrick gave the Lurgan Blues the lead in the 51st minute when he pounced on a rebound following Kyle Beggs’ shot.

It looked like Glenavon were going to hold on for a hard-fought victory, but Ryan Waide’s deflected shot in the second minute of injury time meant Gary Hamilton’s men had to settle for a point.




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