FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: Glenavon v Larne

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: Glenavon v Larne

Glenavon's Matthew Snoddy and Larne's John Herron had words when the two teams met in the European play-offs in June.

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Title contenders Larne come to Mourneview Park for tonight's game against Glenavon.

The Lurgan Blues have had a horrible run of form against the Invermen, seeking to end a run which has seen them without a win over Tiarnan Lynch's side in almost 15 years – albeit Larne were a Championship side for a fair part of that period.

With Glenavon looking for a first home win of the season, here's five things you need to know about tonight's game.

  1. Glenavon have only beaten Larne on three occasions since 1994. In fact, Glenavon have only beaten Larne once since 2003, a 4-3 win recorded in 2007. Neal Gawley and a Colm Kearney brace had put Glenavon 3-0 up at half time but five minutes after the re-start the Invermen were level through an Aaron Black penalty and two goals in three minutes from Damien McLaughlin. Lewis Hamlin scored what would prove to be the winning goal on 51 minutes.
  2. In the 19 games in the League and Cups between the teams since 1994 Glenavon have lost to Larne on 13 occasions.
  3. Glenavon's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Larne's Liam Lynch are both the top the goalscorers for their respective clubs with three goals each.
  4. Mark Stafford is in contention to come in for the suspended Andrew Doyle for tonight's game. Last season 'Staffs' played 14 games for Linfield, being involved in six clean sheets. Glenavon kept just seven clean sheets in the entirety of last season's league and Irish Cup campaigns.
  5. Former Glenavon player, Ben Doherty, could feature tonight for Larne. Last season he was prolific for Coleraine, scoring 14 goals in 27 games for the Bannsiders. The season before that, he scored nine in as many games.

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