Draw could have been worse says Hamilton

Gary Hamilton with the cup at the draw.
Gary Hamilton with the cup at the draw.

Gary Hamilton says he feared the worst at the Irish Cup draw on Wednesday and feels Moyola is a ‘decent’ tie for the holders.

“With just a few teams left in the draw it was looking as if we might get the likes of Cliftonville, Portadown or Linfield so I have to be happy with the way it panned out,” said Gary.

“There is no such thing as an easy game in the cup, even if it is against opposition from a lower league. You would like to be at home, but give me a tie against a lower league team every time rather than say Linfield at home.

“It’s a chance for us to get into the next round, but Moyola will also see it a chance of causing an upset. If you take it on present form then they would really fancy it so we have to get out of this sticky patch and start winning again before the tie comes around.”

Hamilton also revealed he tried to sign Barry Molloy but could not match the terms offered by Crusaders.
“I went for Barry as he is a player who can play in a number of positions but it did not work out. We could not come near the deal he was offered at Crusaders - we can’t compete at that level. However, with Eddie McCallion moving on to Bangor last week we will look around to see if there is anything we can do in the transfer window.”

Also this week striker Andrew Hoey departed Mourneview Park for Armagh City.

“I’m delighted to sign back for my local club Armagh City,” said Andrew. “Thanks to everyone at Glenavon for past few years, times I’ll never forget.

“All the best to Glenavon for the rest of the season, they are a great bunch of lads and staff and fans.”