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Glenavon well up for Cup: Hamilton

By Billy Weir

It is one of those horrible fixtures that must have managers tearing their hair out in clumps.

The cup holders off on their travels to near-neighbours on a February afternoon is tailor-made for an upset but Gary Hamilton is well on his guard.

The Lurgan Blues are acutely aware of exiting the cup against supposed lesser teams having tumbled out against Harland and Wolff Welders a couple of seasons back and while Armagh City may be struggling at the foot of the Championship table, he knows they will be gunning for their senior opponents today.

"It's a derby and we will have to be bang on and our attitudes have to be right," stressed the Mourneview Park chief.

"We need to go there and give it our all and play the way we have been in the last few games, showing the same commitment levels and hopefully our ability will tell in the end.

"Hard work is the most important ingredient to any football game and sometimes when you play games like this players don't tend to work as hard, or let their levels drop a little bit, and other teams can turn you over.

"We've experienced that before a couple of years ago against the Welders and it wasn't a nice feeling," he said.

"So we'll be drumming it into the boys that we're going out with the right attitude."

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