Another six-pointer on the cards as Glenavon bid to tame Cliftonville

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton

A crunch game awaits Glenavon at Solitude on Saturday as the two teams battling for that vital third spot come head to head.

The Lurgan Blues go into the game with a lead over the Reds, but to maintain that advantage manager Gary Hamilton knows it will take a top performance and the rub of the green to go Glenavon’s way too.

“Cliftonville are a very good side and I admire the way they play the game,” said the Glenavon manager.

“They have quality throughout the side and although we have done well down there recently it is going to be very difficult.

“Saturday will not determine the finishing positions, but if we can get a result it would be a huge plus for us. There are a lot of huge games coming up for the top three sides and anything can happen.

“It’s going to be diffcult to win them all, but we will just take each game as it comes and see where we are and what we have to do after it.

“Each year we set out a target to try and improve on the previous season. That was going to be a big challenge after last year, but we have done really well and have won more games, conceded less goals but still have work to do.

“In big games like this you also need a bit of luck at times along with a complete team performance. Everyone needs to be on their game.”