Preview: Glentoran v Glenavon

danske-logoGlenavon travel to The Oval for the second time this season having come back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 on the previous visit. The Glens won the previous fixture 2-1 at Mourneview Park, David Scullion with the late winner after Conor Dillon had cancelled out Jordan Stewart’s opener. Tomorrow’s game is the first of the final five tough fixtures before the league splits so Gary Hamilton will be looking for a positive result as a step towards securing an all-important top six finish.

Ciaran Caldwell returns from a one game suspension but it’s looking like central defender Conor Dillon could be out for up to six weeks after he sustained knee ligament damage in last Saturday’s Irish Cup defeat at the Welders. Kyle Neill could also be out, for up to four weeks, with a calf strain also sustained in that match.

Glenavon’s most recent signing, defender David Elebert, played 90 minutes for the Reserves last Saturday and the first 45 minutes in Tuesday’s Mid-Ulster Cup 6-0 win against Dollingstown as he builds up his match fitness.

David Elebert in action on Tuesday night. Photo by Alan Weir.

David Elebert in action on Tuesday night. Photo by Alan Weir.

In the last six league fixtures Glenavon is unbeaten (W3, D3) and Glentoran have lost twice in the last six games, to leaders Crusaders and second-placed Linfield, and they restored their four point lead over the Lurgan Blues and closed to within a point of 4th placed Cliftonville with a 3-1 away win in a re-arranged game against Ballymena United on Tuesday night.

Travel Reminder

Spectators planning to attend Saturday’s game at the Oval should note that we have been advised by Glentoran FC that, although there may be a ‘Road Closed’ sign at Mersey Street coming off the bridge at Dee Street, access is clear up to the Oval. Apparently the road is closed just past the Oval towards Connsbrook/Sydenham.

Saturday’s Game – Travel Arrangements

Spectators planning to attend Saturday’s game at the Oval should note that we have been advised by Glentoran FC that, although there may be a ‘Road Closed’ sign at Mersey Street coming off the bridge at Dee Street, access is clear up to the Oval. Apparently the road is closed just past the Oval towards Connsbrook/Sydenham.

 

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

 

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.