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Gary Hamilton is aiming to spark an upset

Published 10/07/2014

Dangerous: Gary Hamilton says Glenavon can pose a real threat
Dangerous: Gary Hamilton says Glenavon can pose a real threat

Glenavon will look to put a few first leg horrors to the back of their minds as they aim to strike back at Hafnarfjordur in the Europa League tonight.

The Mourneview Park tussle will be regarded by some as a tie that is done and dusted after the Lurgan Blues crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Iceland.

However, the club's preparations were badly disrupted by a flight cancellation which resulted in a late arrival and in the game's dying moments the hosts struck three times.

Hamilton is still upset at the turbulent start to their European adventure but tonight's game offers an opportunity to show how well the Irish Cup winners can perform when they are ready for battle. If Hafnarfjordur go into the game with a mindset the job is already done, they could return home with an even worse dose of travel sickness that struck Glenavon a week ago.

"They killed us off at the death last week but I could not fault the attitude of the players," said Hamilton. "The disruption to our travelling arrangements hurt our preparations but we still have an outside chance of winning this tie. We certainly have plenty of goals in this team."

Meanwhile, Glenavon fans can pick up tickets for their 125th Anniversary game against Leeds United before tonight's game.

Tickets are priced at £15 (adult) and £8 (concession) and sales will be restricted to those who have gained access to the ground through the turnstiles.

The friendly on Wednesday, July 30 (7.45pm) forms part of the contract that saw highly rated 17-year-old striker Robbie McDaid sign for United in March.

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