Glenavon head to Solitude tomorrow to take on a Cliftonville side looking to gain ground on the teams at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Reds sit fourth, three points behind league leaders Glentoran at the time of writing.

But the Lurgan Blues will go to Solitude feeling confident, having won three of their last five games and while the other two games ended in defeat, the manner of their performances would have given Gary Hamilton confidence.

The last time that the two sides met it was a close-run thing, with a late Ronan Hale free kick all that could separate the two teams.

“When we played them the other week we competed with Cliftonville for 90 minutes. The referee gave a free kick that was never free kick, and that’s how they won the game,” the Glenavon boss said.

“But if you look at the whole game we were competitive against a top side who finished second in the league last year, and they are flying again this year.

“If we go and play the way we can play then who knows – you’re always capable of getting results and maybe causing an upset.”

Mark Haughey remains out through injury while Danny Wallace misses out through suspension after picking up five yellow cards.

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LAST TIME OUT: Glenavon’s wait for a first home league win of the season continues after they lost 1-0 to Cliftonville at Mourneview Park following this game on September 17.

The Lurgan Blues defended resolutely for most of the match, but they were eventually undone in the 82nd minute when Ronan Hale converted from a free kick.


Referee: Ross Dunlop

Assistant referees: Stephen Bell, Kristian Hanna

Fourth official: Jamie Robinson