LIMAVADY UNITED v GLENAVON, A LOOK AHEAD

On Tuesday 28th November 2023 Glenavon makes the journey to the North-West for the second time in three weeks for the re-arranged BetMcLean League Cup second round tie against Limavady United. The tie will be played to a finish with extra-time and penalties, if required. The winner will face Coleraine, probably next week, in the quarter finals.

United has made an encouraging start to the season with five wins from its opening six fixtures in the Playr-Fit Teamwear Premier Intermediate League. However, it suffered a setback on Saturday when it lost 2-0 to Crumlin Star in the fourth round of the Clearer Water Irish Cup.

Stephen McDonnell, whilst recognising the importance of league results, has put a fresh emphasis on the knock-out competitions. “A club like Glenavon should aim to go deep into every tournament,” he said. “We are one win away from a quarter final. If we reach the last eight, we are not a million miles from the final. Getting to the decider is not an unrealistic ambition.”

The Dundalk man, whilst delighted with recent results, is not taking Limavady for granted. “We will give them total respect,” he added. “They are near the top of the Intermediate League and have been scoring goals. We will prepare as we would for any other match.”

Stephen was pleased with Friday night’s 3-0 victory against Newry City. “It was a very good result,” he said. “Perhaps we didn’t hit the heights of the Loughgall match, but we were clinical in the final third and managed the game well. The players are full of confidence and in a much better place than they were two months ago.”

Unfortunately, Glenavon did not leave the Newry Showgrounds unscathed. “Aaron Rogers sustained a bad elbow injury,” McDonnell explained. “It appears that it is broken so he is going to be out of action for a period. He is due to attend the fracture clinic later this week. We will know more after that.”