Glenavon due festive success admits Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton


Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton admits it’s time his team’s fans had something to brag about on Boxing Day!

The Lurgan Blues make the short trip down the M1 to face rivals Portadown at Shamrock Park for a mouth-watering festive derby clash.

Having won their three previous Premiership games, Hamilton is convinced that impressive run will continue.

“As a Glenavon fan, I’ve suffered over the years, just like the rest of our supporters,” said Hamilton.

“It’s about time we changed the trend.

“We’re playing some good stuff and the confidence levels are high. It’s great to play in the Boxing Day games– it is always a special occasion. There is always a good atmosphere.

“It’s a big day in the calendar. Portadown have won most of the Boxing Day games lately, so hopefully, we can get one for the fans this year.

“We have a good squad of players and we know that on our day we can beat anybody.

“However, Portadown have a much bigger budget than we do and it’s difficult to compete with that. They could afford to go out and beat other clubs to sign Gary Twigg. That says it all. But we much match them all over the park for effort and passion, we can get a result on Boxing Day.”

The Ports will be without defender Garry Breen and striker Darren Murray who were both dismissed in last week’s defeat by Glentoran.

Manager Ronnie McFall remains confident his team can start a difficult run of fixtures with a victory – with games against Coleraine and Crusaders looming after Glenavon.

Donegal Celtic’s visit to Shamrock Park on January 5 should mark the debut of Gary Twigg – plus any other New Year additions.

“Traditionally, we tend to do better over the second half of the season,” said McFall.

“The festive run is a crucial period and pretty intensive. You cannot really single out any one game as more important than another at this time of the year.

“But it would be nice to get a win on Boxing Day – a Mid Ulster derby is always a great occasion and I’m sure this won will be no different.”