Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton refusing to throw in the towel after late collapse in Iceland

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton hopes his players can earn some home joy in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Lurgan Blues have a mountain to climb following last week’s 3-0 defeat to Hafnarfjordur in Iceland.

Three goals in the last eight minutes dented Hamilton’s European hopes.

The Glenavon boss admits his side have it all to do at Mourneview Park, but believes they can give home fans something to cheer in the return leg.

“The lads are an honest bunch and they gave everything in the first leg in Iceland,” Hamilton said.

“We had our travel plans disrupted when a flight was cancelled, and it did have an impact on preparing for that game.

“The boys will be eager to win the home leg and they will go out to try and achieve that.

“It is a tough test. Hafnarfjordur are a full-time outfit and they will be going out to get an away goal.

“We have to be wary of their attacking threat, and we can’t go too gung-ho in this tie.

“But we will go out with an attacking frame of mind and see where it gets us.”