Preview: Warrenpoint Town v Glenavon

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Glenavon hit the road again for a second successive Danske Bank Premiership match as they travel to Millfield to take on Warrenpoint Town.11903315_1153841931298756_1401091580_n

Gary Hamilton will want a similar performance and the same high intensity that saw his side demolish Ballymena United 7-1 on Wednesday night. “The lads know from last Saturday what happens if your attitude and work rate isn’t right. Tomorrow if they have the same hunger and desire and put in the same high work rate they showed against Ballymena on Wednesday then hopefully our quality will come through. We are going for the three points but we know we will have to earn them against a well organized side who were unlucky not to take something from their game against Portadown,” the player-manager told us.

He’s fairly confident that both Simon Kelly and David Elebert will be fit after they were substituted before the end of Wednesday’s Showgrounds victory. “They should be fine; we took them off as a precaution. Andy McGrory should also be back to full fitness and we have James Singleton available again after he served his suspension,” Gary concluded.

Please note the travel advice below and allow plenty of time to get to the game (3:00pm kick-off). With large volumes of traffic being diverted through Gilford, some delays are probably inevitable.

Bus Times

Victoria GSC and William Walker GSC sharing leaves MVP at 1:15pm. Triangle GSC leaves Moira first at 1:00pm and MVP at 1:30pm

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Raymond Hetherington Jarlath McElholm Roy Beacom Paul Burns

 

Result: Ballymena Utd. 1-7 Glenavon

Mark Sykes misses tonight’s game after having to have an infected toenail removed this morning. Andy Hall comes in for his debut and Joel Cooper is on from the start after impressing as a substitute in Saturday’s opening day defeat to Cliftonville. Mark Patton and Kris Lindsay drop to the bench with David Elebert coming in at centre half alongside Simon Kelly.

Paul Millar was fulsome in his praise for every Glenavon player when he spoke with the Lurgan Mail’s Gary Ellis after the game.Paul tile copy

Watched by a large and vocal away support, which was much appreciated by the players, management and Club Directors, Glenavon turned in a performance that was as far from Saturday’s disappointing showing as night is from day. Right from the first whistle they were on the front foot and within seconds had won the first corner of the match. When that resulted in another corner Kyle Neill whipped it in again like the previous one. This time the ball fell to Rhys Marshall, who had been doubtful after feeling ill during the warm up, at the far post and he lobbed it over Alan Blayney and saw the ball nestle in the net with less than 60 seconds on the clock. That was the ideal start to help settle the team down after Saturday and with tackles won all over the park and the team maintaining a high tempo throughout, Ballymena simply couldn’t live with Glenavon.

Eoin Bradley went home with the match ball following his hat trick. Photo by Philip Hawthorne

Eoin Bradley went home with the match ball following his hat trick. Photo by Philip Hawthorne

Rhys Marshall put the Lurgan Blues ahead inside a minute when he dinked the ball over Alan Blayney from Kyle Neill’s corner and it beat Stephen McBride’s desperate attempt to clear it inside the post.

Elebert doubled the lead in the 10th minute when he powerfully headed Hall’s corner past Blayney.

David Elebert heads in to make it 2-0. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

David Elebert heads in to make it 2-0. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

Kevin Braniff smashed the ball past the Sky Blues keeper in the 20th minute after Eoin Bradley capitalised on a mistake by Paddy McNally and won the ball before playing his strike partner in with a clear run on goal.

Kevin Braniff drives in the third goal. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

Kevin Braniff drives in the third goal. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

Glenavon made it 4-0 in the 29th minute with a 3rd goal from their 4th corner.  Neill sent his set piece over everyone and it fell to Braniff beyond the far post. He drilled a low shot which was turned in by Bradley.

Sky Blues substitute Matthew Shevlin pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute when he ran clear and fired past Jonny Tuffey. This came moments after Bradley had smashed a shot off the upright and Cooper had a low shot saved at the foot of his post by Blayney’s boot after another Bradley shot had been blocked in the area.

Hall restored the four goal cushion when he ran from his own half right through the centre of a non-existent Ballymena midfield and defence before burying an unstoppable shot past Blayney.

Andy Hall tucks the ball beyond Alan Blayney after running clear from his own half. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

Andy Hall tucks the ball beyond Alan Blayney after running clear from his own half. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

In the 74th minute Bradley showed what he’s all about, sheer power and strength as he outmuscled Allan Jenkins 20 yards out before smashing a netbuster past a bemused Alan Blayney.

Eoin Bradley smashes in his second goal of the night. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

Eoin Bradley smashes in his second goal of the night. Photo by Maynard Collins/Sport Media NI

Bradley completed his hat trick 11 minutes from time when he powered a close range header through Blayney’s gloves after Neill’s miss-hit corner wasn’t cleared and Mark Patton crossed the ball back into the six yard area.

It could have been more, Blayney saving another Bradley shot after a good run and cross from Hall and he also denied Patton who saw his powerful shot well turned round the post.

Thanks for Sport Media NI for permission to use their photographs from last night’s game.

Ballymena Utd.: Blayney, T Kane, McNally (Shevlin 37), McVey, McBride, E Kane (Thompson 46), Faulkner, Jenkins (c), Hanley (Ferguson 77), Cushley, Tipton. Subs not used: Ruddy, Henderson

Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Kelly (Hamilton 75), Elebert (c) (Lindsay 68), Neill, Hall, Dillon, Kilmartin, Cooper (Patton 75), Bradley, Braniff. Subs not used: McGrory, O’Brien

Cautions: Elebert 36, Hanley, 46, T Kane 62,

Referee: Tim Marshall

Preview: Ballymena Utd. v Glenavon

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Glenavon’s first away trip of the season takes them on Wednesday evening to the Warden Street Showgrounds to take on Ballymena United (kick off 7:45pm). Both sides having lost their opening day games, the respective managers will be looking for a response from their players.

Gary Hamilton felt that too few of his players showed the necessary hunger and desire against Cliftonville as he told Gary Ellis of the Lurgan Mail after Saturday’s game. “We did not win enough tackles. When you look at the stats Kevin Braniff made the third most tackles.To win against the top teams like Cliftonville, you have to work as hard as they do, if not harder.”

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Ballymena lost 4-0 at Windsor Park on Saturday, two of the goals coming late in the second half after captain Jim Ervin was sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity when he brought down Guy Bates.

James Singleton, who is still recovering from a neck injury, completes a two game ban carried over from last season. Ciaran Martyn remains out with a calf strain.

Recent Stats

Last season Glenavon won all three games between the sides, scoring ten goals and conceding four. Over the past three seasons in all competitions Glenavon has won 8, lost 2 and drawn one game against the Sky Blues.

Match Officials

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Tim Marshall David Anderson Paul Robinson Ally Burns

Bus Times

The @TriangleGSC bus leaves Mourneview Park at 6:30pm and Moira at 6:45pm.

The @Victoria GSC bus will leave Mourneview Park at 6:15pm. As per usual, all non-members are very welcome.

Result: Glenavon 0-1 Cliftonville

Some good fortune with the visitors’ opening goal, the ball rebounding off David McDaid into the net after Jonny Tuffey had blocked a fierce shot from Jay Donnelly as the Reds broke quickly when Glenavon lost possession in their attacking third. In the end it was a deserved victory for Cliftonville with Johnny Tuffey named by the sponsors as Glenavon’s man of the match. The Lurgan Blues keeper made good saves to keep out shots from Marty Donnelly and Chris Curran and was unfortunate with the opening goal.

Kyle Neill clears the ball in a challenge with David McDaid.  Photo by Brian Bain.

Kyle Neill clears the ball in a challenge with David McDaid. Photo by Brian Bain.

Rhys Marshall had an effort cleared off the line and Kevin Braniff saw a wonderful first time shot tipped over the bar by Cliftonville’s debutant goal keeper Peter Burke. Joel Cooper looked good when he came on to replace Mark Sykes in the 64th minute and he went close to grabbing an equaliser in the 85th minute when he collided with the post as he tried to get his head onto Gary Hamilton’s cross.

Joel Cooper takes on Tomas Cosgrove and George McMullan, Photo by Brian Bain.

Joel Cooper takes on Tomas Cosgrove and George McMullan, Photo by Brian Bain.

Gary Hamilton’s, as always, honest opinion after the final whistle was that Glenavon didn’t deserve anything from the game as too many of his players under performed and he’s looking for a good reaction in Wednesday’s trip to Ballymena United for the next Dankse Bank Premiership game.

Teams

Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Kelly, Lindsay (c), Neill (Kilmartin 46), Dillon, Patton, Sykes (Cooper 64), Caldwell, Bradley (Hamilton 64), Braniff. Subs not used: Hall, Burns

Cliftonville: Burke, Bonner, Flynn, Cosgrove, Seydak, M Donnelly (Garrett 76), McMullan, Knowles, Curran, McDaid, J Donnelly (Murray 76). Subs not used: Brennan, Morgan, McGrandles

Cautions: Knowles 12, Neill 18, Braniff 42, McMullan 53, Patton 61, Murray 78, Kilmartin 90+3

Referee: Ian McNabb

Preview: Glenavon v Cliftonville

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Click below to listen to our exclusive interview with Gary Hamilton as he reviews a busy pre-season and looks ahead to the season ahead.

Newly appointed Club Captain Ciaran Martyn will be missing the first few weeks of the season after he picked up a calf strain against Ards Rangers and James Singleton has a neck injury but it’s hopeful that midfield kingpin Andy Kilmartin has overcome his calf problem. Gary also informed us that Jamie Rea has signed on loan with Loughgall until January 2016.

Former Glenavon defender Fra Brennan has signed for the Reds from Dungannon Swifts and Tommy Breslin continues to be linked with a move to sign Portadown striker Darren Murray to replace the prolific Joe Gormley who is now with Peterborough United.

Match Officials

Irish League referees this season will be using the ‘vanishing spray’ that was used so successfully last year at the World Cup in Brazil.Vanishing Spray

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Ian McNabb Stephen Bell Paul Berry Damien Basketfield

Our Sponsors

Our match sponsor for the first game of the season is Club President Gordon Irwin who, of course, is closely associated with our main club sponsors Bedeck. Our new home jerseys sport a ‘Bedeck 1951’ logo, the date marking the original foundation of R A Irwin and Sons which later became Broomhill before adopting the Bedeck name by which it is now known worldwide.

Ball Sponsor tomorrow is Glenavon Director and the Club’s Community Liaison Officer Eddie Drury who is well known for his charity fund raising, not to mention playing the dame in the local panto!

The Glenavon Man of the Match award is sponsored by Negative Equity NI who are the main sponsors of the Glenavon Academy. Negative Equity NI helps hundreds of families and individuals deal with their negative equity debt problems everyday.

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 Club President  Eddie Drury Negative Equity NI