Let’s seal it with a win says Hamilton

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton.
Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton wants his team to seal a top six place with a victory at Ballinamallard on Saturday.

The Lurgan Blues are more or less over the line as they have a nine point advantage and healthy goal difference over seventh place Coleraine.

“With just three games left before the split it would take a massive shift in the goal difference to change things, but I want us to go out and do it on our own merit on Saturday,” said manager Gary Hamilton.

“We are going to Ferney Park aiming for the three points. We perhaps did not get the result we wanted the last time we went to Ballinamallard. We deserved something that day but ended up with nothing.

“It’s not about revenge, our target now is to win as many games as we can from here on in.

“We have picked a team that can hopefully get a victory. After the heavy defeat by Crusaders in our last match we have based our selection on that performance.”

Andrew Drylie, Jamie Rae and Mark Sykes have been selected for the Northern Ireland Schoolboy International Under-18 squad for the Inspire Centenary Shield games.

The first game is an away fixture against England on Friday night, but Hamilton is keen to have Drylie and Sykes in the panel for the trip to Ballinamallard.

“If Mark and Andrew are not going to start and are on the bench then I want them to be part of my first team plans,” added the Glenavon boss.

“I feel it is much better for them to be in our first team rather than sitting on the bench for the Northern Ireland Schoolboy team.”

On the injury front, Kyle Neill is hoping to be back in action sooner rather than later.

“Kyle’s recovery is going well. If he does not make it this week he will certainly be back for the game at Cliftonville next week,” concluded Hamilton.