Hamilton hoping to extend good run as Bannsiders visit Mourneview

Coleraine away to Glenavon in Irish Cup

Glenavon's Andrew Doyle and Jamie Glackin of Coleraine.

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Gary Hamilton is hoping his side's recent good form continues later today when they take on Coleraine at Mourneview Park.

Glenavon go into the game off the back of two straight victories and Hamilton believes his side can take some belief from those results.

They'll be boosted too by the result the last time these two teams met – a goalless stalemate away to the Bannsiders.

“Coleraine are a top side, they're flying at the moment,” said Hamilton.

“When Oran Kearney has been there they have always been a top side.

“But if our boys take confidence from our wins over Crusaders and Dungannon – two clean sheets, two wins, some really good football – then who knows.”

A gap of 10 points currently exists between the two clubs in the Danske Bank Premiership, with Coleraine in fifth and Glenavon in seventh.

Both sides have won three of their last five games, with Glenavon also seeing off Warrenpoint Town, while Coleraine have beaten Larne, Glentoran and the Swifts.

Coleraine come into the game smarting after last week's controversial defeat to second-placed Linfield. The winning goal led to protests by the Bannsiders who claimed that Tim Marshall had obstructed their attempts to block Stephen Fallon’s shot, whilst handling the ball in the process.

Glenavon will be without Ross Hunter, Mark Haughey, Conor McCloskey and Jamie Doran through injury while Michael O'Connor is suspended.

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