Gleanavon 4 Donegal Celtic 2
If Gary Hamilton is right then stand by to see Glenavon surge up the Premiership after Christmas.
Successive impressive performances against Glentoran and Donegal Celtic prompted the Lurgan player-boss to insist: “You haven’t seen the best of us yet.”
Hamilton welcomed the win in this six-pointer showdown which leaves DC firmly anchored at the bottom of the pile yet is demanding much more.
He said: “We were excellent against Glentoran in the IRN-BRU League Cup and we carried on where we left off last Monday night.
“But you probably won’t see the best of us until after Christmas when everyone is match-fit and firing on all cylinders.
“There is another 30 per cent to come from Kris Lindsay following his long lay off and we’ll have Mark Farren in and Brendan Shannon, Niall Henderson and Eddie McCallion back from injury.
“This was a great win for us but the boys have really been excellent in the last couple of games.
“The injury to Ciaran Doherty affected our shape and when they gambled we didn’t punish them in the breakaways as many times as we should.
“People were selfish and shot when there was a pass on.
“And we let them back in the game at 2-1 but a great delivery from Kyle Neill made it 3-1.
“They had nothing to lose and got a goal to make it 3-2 but from the kick-off we made it 4-2.”
Rival boss Packie McAllister rubbished his team’s first half performance which saw them turn around 2-0 down.
He rapped: “First half was unacceptable. We didn’t compete. Everything we worked on in training went out the window.
“We found Guy Bates too hard to handle. He was the difference between the two teams.
“We changed things at half-time and got a response and might even have nicked a point.
“But you cannot play for just 45 minutes, it makes it very difficult.”