Gary Hamilton facing selection dilemma for cup clash

Glenavon's Robbie McDaid
Glenavon's Robbie McDaid

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton admits he faces a ‘selection headache’ ahead of Monday’s Irish Cup sixth round clash against Ballinamallard United a Ferney Park.

The former Northern Ireland international left a number of his ‘big hitters’ out of the Mid Ulster derby against rivals Mid Ulster, but after an enthralling 4-2 win, Hamilton is now faced with an embarrassment of riches.

Talisman striker Guy Bates was given ‘a rest’ along with William Murphy, Shane McCabe, Ciaran Martyn, Rhys Marshall, Brian McCaul and new kid on the block Robbie McDaid, who is poised for a move to cross-channel football.

McDaid bagged a glorious double against the Ports, with Andy McGrory and another talented youngster, James Singleton, getting on the scoring act. Hamilton declared a transfer for McDaid is imminent.

He said: “I’m not going to name the club, but hopefully it will all be sorted out over the next few weeks.

“Robbie is an exceptional talent. He has got everything going for him. He’s got a great attitude, he’s strong, he’s got pace and he’s a winner. He’s also a top class finisher.

“We’ve big hopes for him. I personally think he’ll big a big success across the water. Of course, Robbie is not the only emerging talent at this club.

“When I joined, Robbie, James Singleton, Rhys Marshall and Jordan Dane were all playing for the Under-17s. They were far too good for that level, so they were all promoted to the reserves. Now they are all pushing for the first team.”

Hamilton was thrilled with his boys’ performance at the weekend, adding: “It was a good way to approach this cup tie, we are oozing with confidence at the minute.

“I don’t usually change a winning team, but I made an exception at the weekend. Now everyone wants to play in this cup tie.

“Even though we have won twice at Ballinamallard this season, it means nothing.

“The other side of the coin is we lost twice down there last season.”

“Luck can play a big part in cup games . . . but in most cases it’s down to the team that wants it most.”