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The Mega Draw team is pleased to report that ticket sales are now at 651.

As has been emphasised previously, all profits from the Mega Draw will go to boost the manager’s budget for next season. If our club is to have any realistic expectation of making the top 6 for the third season in succession and competing for trophies the manager must be provided with a budget which will enable him to put a talented and competitive team on the park. The Mega Draw is therefore vitally important particularly if we do not make the Europa League next season – and let’s face it that’s just an outside chance at this stage.

Most of the other teams aspiring for the top 6 and trophies in 2015/16 already benefit from having several seasons of European money and will have next season’s to count on too. Plus they have other guaranteed income sources like IFA funding, a G3 pitch, a flourishing social club etc which Glenavon do not. Therefore to have a genuine ambition to be able to compete at the highest level we must secure significant alternative income. The Board is constantly striving to do so but needs the full backing of its supporters to achieve this aim. Continue reading

Glenavon 1-0 Linfield latest

5: The first chance of the game falls to the visitors, Aaron Burns with a free header going just over the bar.

12: Andy McGrory goes into the book after clipping Burns.

15: A tame Burns effort is gathered up by James McGrath. He punts the ball upfield and the ball bounces kindly for Eoin Bradley to lob Tuffey with an excellent finish. 1-0

21: Glenavon have what could have been a second goal ruled out by referee Raymond Hetherington. Jonny Tuffey missed a cross by James Singleton, with Kevin Braniff finishing at the back post, but it doesn’t count.

31: Burns booked for dissent.

35: Linfield denied a penalty after Andrew Waterworth was challenged inside the box.

40: Mark Patton and Ross Clarke both booked following an altercation down near the corner flag at the Glenavon end.

42: Waterworth pulls an effort wide of the target after getting on the end of a long ball from Niall Quinn.

44: Martyn and Bradley combine with the latter having his shot deflected wide for a corner.

51: McGrath pushes away and then gathers up a shot by Waterworth, one which the striker hit as he was turning inside the box. 

57: Eoin Bradley races onto and holds up a brilliant pass through the middle by Martyn, before knocking it back to substitute Ciaran Caldwell. Unfortunately the midfielder scuffed his shot as it went wide of the target.

59: End to end stuff as Kris Lindsay heads a Sammy Morrow chance off the line. This leads to a Glenavon break, but the ball just wouldn’t fall kindly for either Caldwell or Bradley.

64: Matthew Clarke curls a free kick onto the bar as Linfield continue to push for a leveller.

68: Jimmy Callacher blazes over the top after Stephen Lowry’s blocked shot fell for the former Glentoran man. Glenavon go up the other end with Patton feeding the ball through for Bradley, but the forward took too long, allowing Tuffey time to turn the ball wide for a corner.

79: Braniff booked for dissent.

GLENAVON: McGrath, Kelly, Lindsay, Bradley, Patton, McGrory, O’Brien, Marshall, Braniff, Martyn, Singleton. Subs: McKeown, Neill, Caldwell (O’Brien 46), Elebert, Lynch.

LINFIELD: Tuffey, Haughey, Callacher, Waterworth, Lowry, Burns, Ward, M Clarke, Morrow, Quinn, R Clarke. Subs: Ross Glendinning, Carvill (Quinn 74), Reece Glendinning, Browne (Morrow 66), Sproule.

REFEREE: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

Preview: Glenavon v Linfield

Gary Hamilton is hoping that Glenavon’s recent run of good results will carry through to this weekend’s game against title challengers Linfield.

The form table shows that over their last six games in the Danske Bank Premiership only Crusaders have a better record over the last six games, having taken 13 points out of a possible 18.

However, in contrast Hamilton’s men have had had a poor record at home – something the boss told the Lurgan Mail he is keen to reverse as the season enters its final stages.

“If we can carry the form from our recent games into Saturday then we have a chance, but the Linfield team will be a bit stronger than the Cliftonville side so we know it will be tough,” he said.

“They have to win. We know they will come here determined to get the points and that means the pressure is all on them.

“Having already achieved our target hopefully the boys will play with a little more freedom. We are under no pressure to win so that does help in a game like this. We beat them earlier in the season but they came here and won 2-1 in November. 

“We have a great run of games with plenty to play for right to the end of the season.”

Referee:R Hetherington. Assistant Referees: J McElholm, A Sobieski. Fourth Official: T Marshall.

SAT 28 MAR

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Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final

A reminder that Glenavon face Championship 1 side Armagh City in the Mid Ulster Cup Semi-Final next Tuesday 31st March at Mourneview Park. Admission,as set by the Mid-Ulster FA, is £7 adult and £5 concession. The game kicks off at 7.45 pm.

Gary Lavery in U19 squad

Congratulations to Gary Lavery who has been called up to the Northern Ireland Under-19 squad for this week’s short tour of the Netherlands. Stephen Craigan’s squad face the Dutch on Thursday 26th March and follow this up with a game against AZ Alkmaar on Saturday 30th March.