Glenavon start the new year with a difficult challenge in the form of Cliftonville. The league cup finalists are unbeaten in their last 6 league games and will prove a tough contest for the Lurgan side

Glenavon go into the game after overcoming Mid-Ulster rivals Portadown in the festive derby game. They have won the last 4 of 5 games, with Coleraine and Crusaders among those defeated.

“They’re all difficult. There’s no easy games.

“We’ll be missing Danny, because of his second yellow today, obviously Ribsy and Peter will be suspended so we’ll have to prepare the best we can.

“Hopefully we can put in another shift like today. If they put a shift in like today, they have the chance of standing against anybody.”

Cliftonville saw their derby game against Crusaders postponed due to COVID in the latter side’s camp.

Glenavon will be without a few key players this game. Danny Wallace, who picked up his fifth yellow on Monday. Campbell and Garrett will also be suspended after they received straight red cards on Monday.

Haughey, Snoddy and Lynch will see their return to the first team whilst O’Mahony and Doran remain injured.

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Glenavon put in a remarkable performance in against Cilftonville at Solitude back on the eve of Halloween.

 Although the 2-1 scoreline didn’t reflect their performance, the Lurgan Blues had held off the reds for 80 minutes before conceding a quick-fire brace from Ryan Curran to seal the game for the hosts. Glenavon had their hopes of a last minute goal ruled out through offside and in the protests which followed, Matthew Snoddy received his marching orders.



Referee: Tony Clark

Assistant Referees: Jamie Carnduff, John Doherty

Fourth Official: Ben McMaster



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Man of the Match Sponsor: Ian and Claire Hall