Glenavon 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.
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.
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.