Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Gary Hamilton to lead Lurgan Blues from the front

Glenavon boss Marty Quinn is set to throw Gary Hamilton into the front line for their huge clash with Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park today.

Hamilton had been playing in a wider position in his first two games for his boyhood club but was back in the striker’s role for the midweek victory over Seapatrick in the Mid-Ulster Cup — a match in which the on-loan forward scored his first goal.

Now Quinn is set to unleash Hamilton on the Swifts in a game in which the Lurgan Blues will hope to gain a first win — aside from that Seapatrick success — since beating Dixie Robinson’s men on August 31.

And the boss is hoping his players will start learning a thing or two from Hamilton, who on his day is still one of the most feared strikers in the local game.

“Gary’s best position is up front,” said Quinn. “He showed all his experience (on Tuesday) in coming off the centre halves and coming towards the ball.

“Some of our lads should be learning from that — that you can’t stand static and expect the ball to come through because the defender is going to come and receive the ball.

“Gary does that, Gary comes off the defender, picks it up and shows some nice little flick ons.

“There is a good chance he will play up front on Saturday.”

However, while Quinn has Hamilton back in action and starting to show goalscoring form, on the wider scale the boss is suffering an injury nightmare.

Brendan Shannon, Conor Walsh, Ryan Harper and Stuart King are all ruled out of the trip to Stangmore Park, while skipper Hugh Dickson has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

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