Glenavon Sign David Elebert

Glenavon completed the signing of David Elebert on Tuesday night following the game at Coleraine.

The 28-year-old centre half agreed an 18 month contract with Blues boss Gary Hamilton who is thrilled to snap up a player of David’s quality and experience.

“David has played over 100 games in the Scottish Premier League and after a couple of short spells at Shamrock Rovers and Derry City he wants to prove he still has a lot to offer,” said Hamilton. “Since he came back from full-time football he has been unlucky with a change of manager at both Rovers and City.

“If you want to improve the team and keep moving forward this is the type of player we want to sign. If you look at the impact Marc Smyth has had at Cliftonville since he came back from playing in Scotland it shows what that kind of quality can do.

“David feels he needs four 90 minute games to get his fitness levels up so we don’t expect him to make his first team debut for a few weeks, but we will see how things go.

“At centre back, midfield and up front you need to have four players who can fill those positions.”

Dublin born Elebert started his career at Preston before going on loan and playing 12 games at Scarborough. He joined Hamilton in 2006 and played 135 games for the Accies followed by a short spell with Icelandic club Fylkir. He returned to Dublin and joined Shamrock Rovers and then Derry City.

Result: Coleraine 1-1 Glenavon

Glenavon's Kevin Braniff celebrates scoring against Coleraine during Tuesday night's Danske Bank Premiership game at the Showgrounds. ©William Cherry/Presseye

Glenavon’s Kevin Braniff celebrates scoring against Coleraine during Tuesday nights Danske Bank Premiership at the Showgrounds. ©William Cherry/Presseye

Glenavon make two changes to the starting line-up, Conor Dillon returns in place of Kris Lindsay who is suspended, and Andy Kilmartin replaces Shane McCabe who has work commitments.

Coleraine hand a debut to transfer window signing Ruaihdri Higgins. He missed the Friday night defeat to Dungannon as his international clearance hadn’t come through in time.

Kevin Braniff gave Glenavon the lead in the 7th minute with a super free kick from 25 yards that hit the top corner giving Michael Doherty no chance.

Neill McCafferty equalised for the hosts right on 45 minutes when James McGrath was adjudged to have brought down Ian Parkhill as he ran onto a ball into the box. The Glenavon keeper was shown a yellow card before the Coleraine midfielder smashed the spot kick home, shortly before the referee blew the half time whistle.

Coleraine had the greater possession in the second half and carved out a few half chances, as did Glenavon but neither keeper was seriously tested and the result suits the visitors better as it maintains the gap between them and the Bannsiders.

Coleraine: Doherty, Higgins, Douglas, Ogilby (c), Snoddy, McCafferty, Canning, Mullan, Parkhill, McNeill, Lyons. Subs: Browne, McGinty, Watt, Kane, McGonigle

Glenavon: McGrath, Marshall, Dillon, Murphy, Singleton, Caldwell, Kilmartin, Martyn (c), Neill, Braniff, Bradley. Subs: Kelly, Patton, Drylie, McGrory, O’Brien.

Referee: Colin Burns (Newtonabbey)

Coleraine v Glenavon (Tuesday 8pm)

danske-logoGlenavon travel to Coleraine for the re-arranged Danske Bank Premiership game on Tuesday night, kick off 8pm. Gary Hamilton’s side have shown an improvement in form since the battling Boxing Day draw with Portadown and have won the last four games in all competitions, including the last three league games. That is the third time this season that the Lurgan Blues have won three league games in a row but they will have to do something else that has eluded them so far this season if they are to extend that run to four for the first time: beat the Bannsiders. In fact Oran Kearney’s team is the only side in the league that Glenavon have failed to take even a single point from so far.

Glenavon coach Nigel Law is aiming to put that right come Tuesday night. “They’ve beat us twice this year so for that reason alone we’ve a lot of respect for them but we’ve also ambitions to take points off them. We’re not going to change what we want to do; we’re not going to go there to try and take a point, we want to try and win the game. We know what three points would mean in terms of boosting our own ambitions and denting Coleraine’s hopes (of making the top six).”

Coleraine’s last victory was actually against Glenavon back on December 13th when a late Ian Parkhill goal saw the Bannsider’s win a tight game 3-2.

Kris Lindsay is suspended for this game (five cautions) but Conor Dillon is back from his one game ban and Andy Kilmartin should be available after a bout of flu kept him out of the squad on Friday night.