Two night feast of football just the perfect platform for European adventure

Tommy Wright brings St. Johnstone to Lurgan on Wednesday
Tommy Wright brings St. Johnstone to Lurgan on Wednesday

Glenavon’s two night football programme next week is the perfect platform for their European advanture says manager Gary Hamilton.

On Tuesday night Welsh treble winners The New Saints come to Mourneview Park and 24 hours later Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone provide the oppositon. Both games kick-off at 7.45pm.

“To get games against this type of opposition is fantastic for us as we prepare for our Europa League ties,” said Hamilton.

“Both teams are better than us and while we won’t play the same team two nights in a row it does mean the whole squad can get 90 minutes of high level football.

“The New Saints won their league by 18 points - streets ahead of anyone else while St. Johnstone finished fourth in a highly competiive Scottish Premier League.”

Admission charges have been set at £5 adult and £2 concession for Tuesday and £10 and £7 on Wednesday.

Glenavon have their first domestic friendly on Saturday against PSNI at Newforge, kick-off 3.00pm.

“We are all waiting on the draw now,” added Hamilton. “Obviously West Ham is the one we are dreaming of. It would be great for the players to get the chance to go to Upton Park and play against top Premier League players. It would also be fantastic financially for the club.

“The next best outcome is to get a tie we have a chance of winning and progress into the next round.”