Glenavon look to right the wrongs of last meeting with Carrick Rangers

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Glenavon captain James Singleton in action as the Lurgan Blues played Carrick Rangers earlier this season.

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


Glenavon will be looking to exercise the demons of one of their darkest recent days when they take on Carrick Rangers tomorrow (Taylor’s Avenue, 3pm).

On the last occasion that the two teams met the Lurgan Blues were played off the park by the East Antrim side, before the game was abandoned due to a serious injury to Lee McNulty.

“The last time we played Carrick they embarrassed us. I know the players were hurt after that one,” Gary Hamilton told the club's website.

“The scoreline was 4-0 when it was called off because of Lee, after 75 minutes. We didn’t go out switched on that day and we have to be switched on from the start.

“Hopefully the players will have that game in the back of their minds tomorrow and go out remembering that.

“We went down there a few years ago and got beat 6-2, then got beat 4-0 at home so we’ve had tough games against Carrick over the last few years.

“We’re not expecting to turn up and get three points. That’s not the case. We have to work for what we get and hopefully the boys go into it tomorrow with that mentality.”

The Lurgan Blues will also be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-0 loss to Crusaders which ended their Irish Cup hopes.

Although while not entirely to blame for their own downfall in that game, a positive result in this weekend’s game would certainly help in the Lurgan Blues’ hopes of achieving European football through the playoffs.

They will be without the injured Jamie Doran and the suspended Peter Campbell and Robbie Garrett, but will have Calum Birney back from suspension while Conor McCloskey and Mark Haughey are deemed fit to play.

The same can’t be said of Jack O’Mahony, who is reported as being back from injury but “not match fit”.

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