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Glenavon top Danske Bank Premiership after thrashing Institute

By Colin Speer

Glenavon moved into pole position in the Danske Bank Premiership after they kept their recent good form going with a convincing victory over Institute.

Goals from Eoin Bradley (2), Gareth McKeown and Ciaran Martyn put the Lurgan Blues into a 4-0 lead ahead of Jordan Armstrong's consolation.

"Our all-round team play was exceptional, everyone played their part in the win," stated visiting player-boss Gary Hamilton.

"Alan Blayney kept us in the game after about five or 10 minutes when he made two great saves, but that's why everyone says he's the best goalkeeper in the league and it's hard to argue on that performance.

"He's a top goalkeeper and he makes good saves at crucial times in games and he did it last week against Ballymena United.

"I think he did his job in the first 20 minutes and then the boys just took over the mantle and helped him out over the rest of the game by not giving him much to do, so it was a good all round performance."

Another man who shone for Glenavon was striker Kevin Braniff who, although not on the scoresheet himself, had a hand in three of his side's goals.

"Kevin is starting to find his form, it takes players a bit of time to get used to different teams and it has taken him a while to get adjusted, but we have seen over the last few weeks he's starting to come up trumps," added Hamilton.

"We all know that Kevin Braniff is a class act and good players always find their feet.

"But I still think there's another good 10% or 20% to come from him, but in saying that, the performance today was excellent.

"Skinner (Eoin Bradley) was quality alongside him, he had two great finishes – in fact his second goal, he won the ball played it to Ciaran (Caldwell), who laid it wide to Kevin, he crossed it and Eoin scored. It was a great team goal and that's the hunger and desire which meant Eoin fully deserved his goals today. I just would have liked to have seen Kev get on the scoresheet."

As for Hamilton's opposite number, Paul Kee he held his hands up and admitted he probably made too many changes.

"I gave boys an opportunity today and they didn't take it unfortunately," he said.

"We lacked a physical edge, boys are playing catch-up with their performances. It was the worst we played this season but I'll take the hit today, because I picked the wrong team, so that's why I'm disappointed.

"I just wanted to freshen things up but I don't think we gave enough over the 90 minutes, both offensively or defensively. But when the chances came we didn't take them and if you don't take your chances at this level you are going to be punished."

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