Preview: Glenavon v Warrenpoint Town

danske-logoGary Hamilton has almost a full squad to choose from for tomorrow’s visit of one of the form teams in the league. Barring himself (groin) and Ciaran Martyn who has a tight hamstring following Tuesday night’s match on the heavy pitch at Coleraine, everyone is fit.

“Warrenpoint is the form team at the moment; apart from Crusaders they’ve probably the best record over the last number of games. They’re doing well and scoring goals and even though we’ve got the results against them in the previous games, we’ve never had an easy game against them,” Gary told us on Friday. “We have to get on top of them from the off and try to get the first goal then hopefully we can get a second. We haven’t kept too many clean sheets this season but very few teams have kept us out so we know we’ll score goals.”

In fact Barry Gray’s team have only lost once in the last nine games in all competitions and they’ve picked up 8 points in their last five league games. Glenavon has actually bettered that with 11 points from the last five games, a record only topped by league leaders Crusaders who have won the last seven league games.

All in all, it should be an exciting game with plenty of goals!

Our Sponsors

Two of our Supporters Clubs are providing sponsorship for tomorrow’s game: the William Walker SC are the match sponsors and the City of Armagh SC are sponsoring the ball. The Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by the Mace in Waringstown.

Match Sponsor Ball Sponsor Man of the Match
William Walker GSC  City of Armagh Supporters Club  Mace Waringstown

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Evan Boyce Kristian Hanna Paul Berry Colin Burns

 

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)