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Glenavon draw blank but Millar confident of hitting top six

Carrick Rangers 0 Glenavon 0

By Peter Jordan

Glenavon remain in sixth place, six points ahead of Dungannon Swifts with just three games to go until the league splits, despite dropping points at Carrick Rangers.

"We wanted three points and we had a few chances but their keeper pulled off a couple of good saves," said Lurgan Blues assistant boss Paul Millar.

"We're still in the hunt for a top six finish and we'll be pushing for that. It's never easy to get a result here and I can't fault the effort of the players. The pitch played a part but, fair play to Carrick, they were well organised and fought for everything."

The visitors dominated the opening half hour, however it was Carrick who had the best chance when Tommy Elder should have scored with only keeper Jonathan Tuffey to beat, but his poor effort was saved.

After the interval, the Gers had another chance when Stephen McCullough's excellent free kick had to be tipped over.

Then, with 20 minutes to go, Mark Sykes opened up the Carrick defence but Greg Moorhouse but unable to apply the finish. Gary Hamilton came on with 10 minutes left but his only clear chance came in the 88th minute when the ball evaded the Carrick defence but the player-manager just couldn't get a touch on it. Glenavon threw everything at the Carrick defence but they held firm to gain a valuable point.

"We were down to the bare bones today," said Gers manager Aaron Callaghan.

"Daniel Kelly and Mark Surgenor were ruled out this morning, and we had some others injured from the cup final, so I'm happy with a point considering we were missing some important players."

"We made it tough for them and stuck to the task and we were rewarded against a good side who have been showing a bit of recent form. And we also gained a point on the side above us, so it was a good day's work."

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