goalkeeper crisis

Glenavon are facing a goalkeeper crisis and could potentially be without a recognised stopper for Saturday’s Premiership clash at Ballinamallard’s Ferney Park.

Manager Gary Hamilton has not ruled out going between the posts himself if all else fails.

Andy Coleman was sent off in the 3-2 defeat to Glentoran, John Connolly ended up in A&E after their 3-0 defeat to Glentoran Seconds with a broken tibia.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Glenavon’s third-choice keeper, who has recently signed from Cliftonville, is suspended until the end of March.

“It’s a bit of a disaster,” said Hamilton who was frantically searching for a goalkeeper on Thursday. “We’ve got nothing there. I’m not being dramatic. We’ll maybe have to look at Brian McCaul from the start. We may have to be creative for Saturday.

“It could even be a case of me going in to nets and allowing Brian to play in his normal position.”

McCaul went into nets after Coleman’s 29th minute dismissal on Tuesday evening and although he conceded two, he didn’t look out of place.

Former Glenavon stopper Tuda Murphy might be an option, but he has not played for nearly two seasons.

Before the crisis arose, Hamilton had been upbeat ahead of Saturday’s trip out west.

“At least this time it’s on a Saturday so the boys will get a good sleep and prepare for the game well,” he said.

“When you’re away there during the week the boys are going straight from work and it’s hard for them to eat properly before the game.

“The last time we gave a good account of ourselves. It was one of the most encouraging performances of the season, especially keeping a clean sheet so hopefully we can give another good performance.

“It’s difficult playing teams away from home twice in such a short period of time.

“It’s hard to get two results but if the boys put in a good shift, they can get results,” concluded Hamilton.