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Glenavon versus Portadown at Mourneview Park tomorrow (kick off 2 pm) is one of just two all Premiership ties in the 5th Round of the JJB Sports Irish Cup. After last Saturday’s disappointing league defeat to Distillery, Gary Hamilton is looking for a positive response from his Glenavon side. “You have to get over disappointments and we are looking forward to tomorrow’s game. I want to be involved in every competition as much as I can and I want to win trophies. I’ve always been like that as a player and I’ll be the same as a manager; whatever competition we’re in, I want to win.
“We’re under no illusions that it will be a difficult game against one of the top teams in the league and we’ll need to be at our maximum best tomorrow. Ninety nine times out of a hundred the best team will win the league but in Cup competitions, if things click on the day, if you play well, match the other team and you get a bit of luck, put together a run of four or five games, all of a sudden you’re in the Final.”
Central Midfielder Kyle Cherry has joined the Club on loan from Glentoran until the end of the season and will be hoping to feature tomorrow as Ciaran Doherty, who this week signed a new 3 1/2 year deal, is banned following his dismissal in last week’s league game. The 18 year old Belfast-born Cherry has featured in nine of the Glens games this season including two league wins against Glenavon! “It’s a similar situation to (Brian) McCaul in that in the long run it will benefit him because he’s going to be involved in first team football and I’ve got a hungry player that wants to play and do well and prove that he’s a good player,” Gary explained. “I’ve played with Kyle before and he’s played in a ‘Big Two’ match and in four European games over the Summer so he’s got enough experience. It’s also at very little cost; people wouldn’t believe what he’s getting but in terms of value for money it’s fantastic.”
Kris Lindsay is not being risked tomorrow after he suffered a reoccurence of a knee strain in last week’s game. “In the end of the day we have to look at the bigger picture,” Gary told us. “I brought Kris to the Club to help us avoid relegation. He’ll be a big player for us until the end of the season and hopefully help to get us out of the situation we are in.”
Jonny Magee has recovered from a hamstring strain and will replace Lindsay at centre back but Mark Turkington picked up an injury in training and will be out tomorrow. Niall Henderson, Andy Coleman and Conor Hagan have recovered from their injuries and will be in the squad. Reserves striker Andy Mitchell and defender Scott Adams also join the squad tomorrow.
Portadown have Shane McCabe and Chris Ramsey suspended, both having picked up 5 cautions.
From: Cherry Coleman Grant Grieve Hagan Hamilton Henderson Jay Magee Jonny Magee McCaul Miskimmin Neill O’Hare Shannon Mitchell Adams
Match Officials: M. Courtney, E. Shanks, J. Eakin
Reminder: All supporters are reminded ahead of Saturday’s JJB Irish Cup game that alcohol, glass containers and glass bottles are prohibited from all public areas within Mourneview Park. Due to the disturbance on Boxing Day, from now on all tins/plastic bottles of drink will also be banned from the Crescent Stand. Furthermore, in accordance with our European and Domestic licences, inappropriate banners and emblems are prohibited from being brought into the ground on matchdays.
Trained search/security personnel are being drafted into the ground to search spectators for any of the prohibited items detailed above. Any person found in possession of the aforementioned prohibited items will be escorted from the ground and face further disciplinary action from the club.
Glenavon FC is determined that the irresponsible actions of a minority will not be allowed to jeopardise our club status and the excellent reputation of our supporters. We ask for your co-operation in advance.
Mr George Savage
Mr Laurence Thompson
Man of the Match Sponsor
Mr Ken Cardwell
At tomorrow’s game supporters are kindly requested to return completed applications to participate in the “Mourneview Needs You!” fundraiser (see link at the side or click here) to the club office or any club director.
Supporters who may not as yet have obtained the information pamphlet on the fundraiser, or would simply like to know more about it, should speak to officials in the club office or to one of the club directors.
Supporters are reminded that Glenavon’s JJB Sports Irish Cup game v Portadown at Mourneview Park tomorrow (2pm kick off) is all-ticket. Furthermore as season tickets are not valid for this competition, Glenavon season ticket holders must purchase a match ticket in advance.
Remaining ticket sales times are as follows:
TODAY – Mourneview Aces Barber Shop – during opening hours
TONIGHT- club offices 6.30pm-8.30pm
SATURDAY MORNING – club offices 10am-11.45am; Mourneview Aces Barber Shop to 11.45am
Please note that all above times are conditional on match tickets being available. Supporters intending to go to the game are urged to purchase tickets as early as possible to avoid the disappointment of all Glenavon tickets being sold out.