Glenavon get back on the road again as they head down the M1 to face Dungannon Swifts.
The clash is one that will promise goals and drama, and with unpredictable score lines, fans will certainly get their money’s worth tomorrow afternoon.
It’s the first time the teams go head to head on the new surface at Stangmore, leaving the Lurgan Blues eager to leave it all out there come full-time.
Speaking ahead of the game last weekend, the Glenavon manager recognised the challenge his men face.
“We saw Dungannon last Friday night, we went ahead against Larne in the first half, a team who are flying at the top of the league. It took a goal in the second half for Larne to come away 2-1 winners.
“So we know it’s going to be hard. Every game in this league is hard and it’ll not be any different next week.
“We just need to make sure that we’re performing at the levels that we have performed over the last couple of months. If we perform to those levels then hopefully we can be more clinical in front of goal and take our chances.”
Gary also applauded the Crescent End fans last Saturday after a great turnout, saying:
“I thought the fans behind the goal were outstanding last week. They sung from the start of match to the finish of the match and you saw the performance we got.
“Unfortunately, the result wasn’t delivered for them, but the boys got a good performance in. It’s no secret that when fans are behind you like that it gives a boys a lift.
“Unfortunately against Coleraine they didn’t get the goal at the deserved, but in terms of performance I don’t think any fan could have gone away last Saturday and think of the players didn’t put it in a good performance and create all the good chances.
“It was just one of those days that we didn’t take them.”
Glenavon currently sit 8th in the league, only 5 points from top 6, whilst the hosts show early signs of a relegation battle as they sit 11th with only 4 points from a total of 48.
Gary will also have a full squad to hand tomorrow afternoon.
Dungannon have advised that the game will be pay at the gate only.
LAST TIME OUT
Back in October, Glenavon put five past a poor Dungannon side in a 2nd half thrashing that saw the visitors go home empty handed.
Following a scrappy, yellow card filled first half, McCloskey opened the hosts account on 50 minutes, followed by Bradley only four minutes later.
It didn’t take long for Glenavon as nice minutes after their second Isaac Baird secured the Lurgan Blues’ third of the day. This was topped by Fitzpatrick who scored their fourth of the game.
Prendergast added to the misery further as he struck the net on the 83rd minute to seal the fifth and final goal of the night, securing three easy points for the Lurgan Blues.
REFEREE: Shane Andrews
ASSISTANT REFEREES: David Burns, Brian Wilson
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Ross Dunlop