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Gary Hamilton backs Declan O'Brien to shine

By Adrian Rutherford

Glenavon player-boss Gary Hamilton has backed new signing Declan O'Brien to be a major success in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The 35-year-old striker has penned an 18-month deal after switching from Drogheda United, where he was the club's all-time leading scorer with 118 goals in 282 appearances.

Although he is not available until January 1, Hamilton is looking forward to working with the veteran forward.

"We hope that Declan will come into the team and do well," he said.

"He has a good pedigree, he's scored a lot of goals and been a top player down south for a long time, so hopefully he can replicate that form here."

Glenavon certainly need a kick-start after a poor recent run, which continued at Stangmore Park on Friday night.

They were 2-0 down inside 30 minutes after an Alan Blayney own goal and a Matt Hazley strike.

Ciaran Martyn pulled one back in the second half and Rhys Marshall had a header cleared off the line, but Dungannon held on.

A disappointing night for Glenavon was capped by the dismissal of Conor Dillon in stoppage time. However, the game was overshadowed by an ugly melee involving both teams after the final whistle.

Hamilton joined with Dungannon boss Darren Murphy in condemning the incident.

Murphy said he will accept action being taken against any Dungannon player found to have behaved improperly.

"If there's any parties involved, should it be my party or Glenavon's, then the right action should be taken and as a football club you accept what comes your way," he said.

"You all adhere to the laws of the game, and my club and Glenavon are no different to anybody else."

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