The Lurgan Blues make the long trip up to the North Coast tomorrow to face the Bannsiders in the last game before the split. On a day that promises good weather, Glenavon supporters will be hoping for good football too, as the Lurgan men work to secure the European play-off spot.
Glenavon head into the game following a 2-0 defeat at home to title contenders Cliftonville, whilst the hosts Coleraine go into the game off the back of a very convincing 5-2 win over Warrenpoint, after suffering a stinging defeat to Portadown last Saturday.
Speaking to Glenavon’s YouTube channel, Gary said:
“We’ll be looking to bounce back, they’re a good side as we’ve known over the last few years.
“They’re probably going through a transitional period as they’ve lost a few players over the last few seasons. It happened to us when we started losing the likes of Mark Sykes and Joel Cooper and players like that. It makes things difficult.
“It’s a tough away game. It’s never an easy one, but we have to go there and believe in ourselves.”
With 6th place now ruled out for Glenavon, all eyes are on the 7th place spot, a chance at getting European football. Ballymena are also eyeing up the prize, lurking behind by only one point, leaving Glenavon with a lot of work to do tomorrow and the rest of the season.
The last time the two sides met was at home in December. After drawing in their first meeting of the season at The Showgrounds, Matthew Snoddy stunned Coleraine with the only goal of the game, striking in the 82nd minute, leaving Glenavon with all 3 points.
Coleraine have advised that tickets MUST be purchased online, as none will be sold at the ground. Also, Glenavon supporters must use the entrance to the rear of the stadium as parking will be unavailable at the front. More info can be found here – https://bit.ly/3NxIlNg.
Tickets can be purchased here – https://bit.ly/3qCrYFg
Andrew Doyle will miss out on the game due to injury, whilst Michael O’Connor will miss the game due to suspension. James Singleton’s availability for selection will be in doubt.
Andrew Waterworth will also miss out, due to international commitments.
Sean Ward will return to the squad after injury. Conor McCloskey will also see himself available, following suspension.
Referee: Tim Marshall
Assistant Referees: Andrew Nethery, Kristian Hanna
Fourth Official: Diarmuid Harrigan