GLENAVON boss Gary Hamilton believes the Lurgan Blues deserved their narrow 2-1 win over Ards at Clandeboye Park on Friday night.
Glenavon won thanks to goals from veterans David Rainey and Kyle Neill, either side of Mark McClelland’s equaliser, while Ards played the majority of the game with ten men after Craig McMillen was sent off in the 28th minute.
Hamilton said: “Ards worked their socks off and deserve a lot of credit, but we kept on working and came away with the win.
“Although we had to fight for the three points I don’t think we were ever in danger of losing the game. I was always confident that we would come out on top and thankfully that’s what happened. After we took the lead we were in a comfortable position.”
Ards boss Niall Currie was livid with referee Ross Dunlop’s decision to send off Craig McMillen.
The Ards winger was sent off in the 28th minute after he tangled with Glenavon’s Rainey. Referee Ross Dunlop red carded McMillen for hitting out at Rainey, while the Glenavon received just a booking.
A furious Currie said: “I don’t think the referee can make those sorts of decisions unless he is 100% certain. I don’t know what the referee saw to send McMillen off. Everyone I’ve talked too agrees that it should have been a yellow card for both players.
“It was a fantastic performance considering we had 10 men for 60 minutes of the match.
“The players deserved something from the game, and they deserved to be treated in the same manner as their opponents. I don’t think that happened tonight.”
The 2-1 victory means Ards will remain at the bottom of the league, but their fans can take some heart from this battling performance.