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Glenavon's Eoin Bradley facing hefty ban after Seaview red

By Adrian Rutherford

Glenavon are braced for a hammer blow in the shape of a six-match ban for striker Eoin Bradley.

The Lurgan Blues frontman was sent off following a clash with Crusaders skipper Colin Coates in the 1-1 draw at Seaview on Friday night.

Gary Hamilton's side host Glentoran tonight and will be without the banned Bradley.

But the bad news is not likely to end there because if Irish FA disciplinary chiefs view the challenge as a head-butt, the striker will be hit with a six-game suspension.

Bradley said: "Colin Coates is supposed to be one of the hard players in the Irish League, but when he goes down like that you have to wonder. He did his job and got me sent off."

Crues boss Stephen Baxter said: "I didn't see the incident at all to be perfectly honest with you.

"Our boys in the dressing room are saying it was a very clean head-butt. You guys can watch it back on television and debate it."

On tonight's Premiership clash, Hamilton said: "If we keep playing the way we've been playing we should be okay but if we don't, we know that Glentoran is more than capable of turning us over.

"They did it earlier on this season and they drew with us as well, so we'll have to be on top form to get the result. Obviously they'll be hurting after the Irish Cup defeat and they'll be coming for revenge."

Dungannon Swifts entertain Warrenpoint Town in a crucial battle at the wrong end of the table while Carrick Rangers will take on Crumlin Star in an Irish Cup sixth round tie at Seaview.

And Ronnie McFall has demanded more of the same from his Portadown players ahead of their visit to struggling Ballinamallard tonight.

The Ports ended a run of six straight league defeats against Linfield on last Friday.

But they have had little time to reflect on the result, with an awkward trip to Fermanagh next up this evening.

McFall has insisted their impressive 2-1 win over the Blues will count for nothing if they leave Ferney Park without three points.

"We have to be ready to go again," he said.

The Ports will be without Ken Oman, who was sent off towards the end of Friday's game.

However, there is better news with Garry Breen and Sean Mackle both set to return.

McFall continued: "We'd a few players suffering from chest infections and the like on Friday night, and hopefully everyone recovers quickly.

"We've Breen and Mackle back, and that gives us a boost."

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