Coleraine 0 Glenavon 2
Ciaran Martyn believes the inspired leadership of Gary Hamilton will lift Glenavon to new heights.
The former Glentoran and Derry City midfielder, a goalscorer in the 2-0 victory at Coleraine on Saturday, says the Lurgan Blues are moving in the right direction.
“To go to Coleraine and take all three points is a massive achievement, particularly where we find ourselves battling to move away from the teams at the bottom of the table.
“Coleraine are a quality side and challenging in the title race so we are very pleased.”
Martyn is full of admiration for player-boss Hamilton: “He is not only a top player but a very good manager.
“He inspires players and leads by example. I reckon he is playing as well as he did two or three seasons back.”
While Martyn isn't getting carried away by their latest win, he does see a bright future for the Lurgan Blues with the imminent arrival of his former Derry City team mate, striker Mark Farren.
“He is a terrific player and he will score goals for fun which will make a huge difference to us.”
Martyn admits Glenavon were under pressure for a spell in the second half and added: “You always expect Coleraine to come at you. We rode our luck then but to be honest they didn't test our keeper Andy Coleman and we defended well.”
Martyn's 20th minute lob from the edge of the penalty area put the visitors in front and while home striker Curtis Allen hit a post, Coleraine could not find the net.
Andy McGrory’s seventh goal of the season, in the 80th minute, sealed the points when the ball fell to him after Guy Bates had failed to find the target.
Bannsiders’ skipper Howard Beverland was dismissed for a second bookable offence and automatically misses Coleraine's visit to league leaders Cliftonville on Saturday.