Preview: Glenavon v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Thu)

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Glenavon open the Club’s Europa League campaign on Thursday night at Mourneview Park with the visit of Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk (kick off 7:45pm). The Belarus Premier League season is already well underway, and Shakhtyor, who qualified for the competition by winning their domestic cup competition last season, have already played 12 league games, are in 3rd place and will certainly be match fit. Shakhtyor defeated Derry City 6-1 on aggregate in last season’s Europa League Second Qualifying Round.

Gary Hamilton has his squad as well-prepared as possible, with an early return to pre-season training and having played three friendly games including two against top Welsh and Scottish sides TNS and St. Johnstone. “It’s a tough ask for us but we’ve prepared thoroughly and we’re ready for the challenge,” Gary told us on Wednesday afternoon. “The lads have given up their time to come back early for pre-season and have really worked hard and I know that they’ll give their all against Shakhtyor.

“The fans have a massive part to play as well, as they have done in our ‘big games’ like last season’s Irish Cup semi-final and final and the game against Portadown that got us here this season. If they all get behind us and cheer us on from first whistle to the last, it really does lift the players and helps them put in the performance we need.

“We’ve watched the videos of Shakhtyor’s games and they are a very good side with most of their squad having international experience. On our day we can match anyone, as we showed against St. Johnstone. We’ll be positive without being gung-ho and I’ve told the players to take everything they can out of these two games. At the very least, these games will be a great preparation for the new season.”

Glenavon's Mark Patton in action with St. Johnstone's David Wotherspoon Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Glenavon’s Mark Patton in action with St. Johnstone’s David Wotherspoon
Picture by Stephen Hamilton/ Presseye

Ones to Watch

Shakhtyor’s leading goal scorer this season is 30-year old striker Nikolai Yanush who has bagged four goals so far and he was his Club’s leading goal scorer last season with 15 goals. His strike partner, 6′ 1″ 24-year old Serbian Nemanja Covic has chipped in with three goals. The midfield also carries a goal threat with a total of five goals from the 12 league games played so far.

©/ - 17th July 2014.  Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - Europa League Second Qualifying Round, Derry City v FC Shakhtyor Salihorsk. Shakhtyor Salihorsk's Nikolai Yanush celebrates his goal. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty /

Shakhtyor Salihorsk’s Nikolai Yanush celebrates after scoring at The Brandywell against Derry City in last season’s Europa League Second Qualifying Round. Photo Credit : Lorcan Doherty /

Supporter Information

Please click here to read the important information for Supporters for this match.

Admission charges are £12 and £8 and children of primary school age will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Our Sponsors

Glenavon FC is very grateful for the support of our sponsors for this game.

BMG InsuranceThe Joint Match Sponsors are BMG Insurance Group and Green Shoots Garden Centre Belfast.

Established in 1972, BMG Group is a family run business with offices in Portadown, Lurgan and Belfast. It has an excellent reputation for providing a quality and friendly service to all its Clients. BMG transacts all Classes of Insurance for both the private and commercial market.

The Ball Sponsor is Billy Crozier and the Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by Lucy Kerr.

 Match Officials

Referee: Dag Vidar HAFSÅS (NOR)
Assistant 1: Sven Erik MIDTHJELL (NOR)
Assistant 2: Svein Inge WIKEN (NOR)
4th Official: Martin LUNDBY (NOR)


Europa League Sponsorship Opportunity

Glenavon is seeking match and ball sponsors for our attractive Europa League fixture against Shakhtyor Soligorsk on Thursday night. Prices are £500 for the match sponsorship and £150 for the ball sponsorship and sponsors will be treated to the full hospitality on a European match day and receive extensive publicity through our website and social media and in the local press.

Any interested businesses, groups or individuals should email or contact either the club office or any director as soon as possible.

Supporter Information for Thursday Night’s Game

Supporters planning to attend Thursday night’s first qualifying round first leg Europa League tie against Shakhtyor Soligorsk are asked to note the following:

  • Kick off is 7:45 pm.
  • Admission charges are £12 Adult and £8 Concession with payment at the turnstiles. There is free  admission for  primary school children who are accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Anyone who has obtained and paid for their 2015/16 season ticket by 30th June will be admitted free of charge on production of their personal season ticket.
  • Spectators attending the game are asked to note that standing is not permitted at European games. Failure to observe this strict requirement will result in UEFA imposing a substantial five figure financial penalty on the club as was the case with another Irish League team following last year’s competition. It is appreciated there are supporters who on match days regularly stand in the area between the Geddis and Crescent End stands. Our stewards have been asked to ensure that  this does not happen on Thursday evening. Your full co-operation and total compliance regarding this matter is appreciated.
  • Entrance to the car park will not be permitted beyond 7:00pm. As with domestic league and cup games entrance to the car park will be restricted to players, officials, sponsors and car park season ticket holders only. Any 2014/15 car park season ticket holder who will not have obtained a valid 2015/16 car park season ticket by 30th June can still gain entrance by paying the appropriate admission charge before entering  the car park.

League Fixtures Released

danske-logoNIFL has released the fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership 2015-2016 Season.

Glenavon’s league campaign gets underway on Saturday August 8th with a home tie against Cliftonville. Game 2 is on the following Wednesday 12th August and involves a trip to Ballymena United, the game kicking off at 19:45.

We host the Champions Crusaders on Saturday 22nd August following our first trip of the season to Warrenpoint Town on Saturday August 15th.

The first Mid-Ulster derby is on Saturday September 5th when we travel to Shamrock Park with the Boxing Day game this year being at Mourneview Park.

Click Danske Bank Premiership for the full list of fixtures.