Emphatic Glenavon provide the perfect response for boss Gary Hamilton

Glenavon's Guy Bates 'celebrates after scoring to make it 7-0 'during Saturday's match at Mourneview  Park
Glenavon's Guy Bates 'celebrates after scoring to make it 7-0 'during Saturday's match at Mourneview Park

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton was in seventh heaven after his side demolished hapless Ballymena United at Mourneview Park.

Hamilton had demanded a reaction following last week’s defeat to basement club Lisburn Distillery – and he certainly got one on Saturday.

A 7-0 hammering of the Sky Blues was a welcome tonic for Glenavon.

And Hamilton was understandably delighted after Saturday’s emphatic success.

“We were abysmal last week and we’ve had a hard week’s training because of it,” he said.

“It was a better reaction than what we were expecting – I would have taken 1-0 at the start of the day but 7-0 is a great achievement for the boys and a great reflection on their character.

“The lads put in the effort today and got their rewards. You have to earn victory and they did that today.

“It is a fantastic result for us and now we have to push on and gain some momentum.”

Brendan Shannon, who scored the first of the day with a powerful finish after racing onto Ciaran Martyn’s flick on, was returning to the side after five months out injured and his performance particularly pleased Hamilton.

The Glenavon boss said, “I’ve been busting to get him back in the team. His attitude is superb and although he’s still not match fit the adrenaline got him through to the end.”

Martyn scored the second, putting away a ball which came from Guy Bates dispossessing Chris Rodgers, and the game was over before he break when Mark Farren slotted home under the onrushing Dwayne Nelson.

Substitute Gary Liggett put the ball in the wrong net, turning in a Kyle Neill free kick, but then came the pick of the bunch.

Marc Brown made it five with a spectacular overhead kick from a cross that was itself an overhead kick from Hamilton.

Neill headed home the sixth from Hamilton’s free kick, and to round it off Bates’ sublime lob over Nelson wasn’t bad either.

“The darkest day in my managerial career,” was how United boss Glenn Ferguson summed up the afternoon. His team never got into the game – that said, everything Glenavon tried seemed to come off.

“It was embarrassing and we’ve told the players that. We prepared thoroughly during the week; I looked and their starting 11 against ours and there wasn’t much in it but after a totally inept performance there was a lot in it,” he said.

“I’ve told the players to got home and have a good look at themselves because we had fans who travelled 70 miles to watch their team and we can’t serve that up.

“At one stage I could have made eight subs, and even then I could have subbed two of those. It was a bad day at the office and the players need to take responsibility.”