Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton urges players to rewrite history

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton
Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton hopes Glenavon can rewrite the history books by going all the way in this season’s Irish Cup.

The Lurgan Blues secured their place in the semi-finals with Monday’s last-gasp victory over holders Glentoran.

Two goals in the final two minutes from Kris Lindsay and Guy Bates claimed a dramatic 2-1 victory at the Oval and book a last-four showdown with Crusaders on April 5.

It also keeps the Mourneview Park club on course for a first Irish Cup success since 1997 when they defeated Cliftonville 1-0 in the final.

“I was 16 the last time we won the cup and I’m 33 now, so it certainly seems like a long time ago,” Hamilton said.

“It’s a huge incentive to get the club back in another Irish Cup final.

“But we have a massive Irish Cup clash with Crusaders next, and that is going to be a very tough challenge.

“It won’t be an easy tie, but if we keep showing the fight and quality we have, anything is possible. At our best, we are more than capable of giving anyone a game.

“So we will approach the game with confidence, and hopefully the lads can claim a place in the final.”