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Glenavon 2 Newry City 1

Gary Hamilton has been nicknamed ‘scary’ by the Mourneview Park faithful because of his burgeoning black beard.

The superstitious striker, on loan from Glentoran, sees the funny side and explains: “When I scored my first goal for Glenavon I vowed not to shave until I stopped scoring.”

But after bagging five goals in five league games it’s getting a bit serious and Hamilton is showing signs of weakening.

He confides: “It seemed like a good idea at the time but if the truth be told it’s getting a little out of hand.

“Suddenly I don’t think it’s doing an awful lot for my looks so just maybe I’ll do something about it before the next game.”

Defenders have always thought Hamilton to be a bit scary anyway because of his prowess around goal.

And since joining his hometown club it is patently obvious he is even more desperate to impress.

A nagging injury forced Hamilton, signed just before the transfer window closed at the end of August, to wait a long time to make his debut for the team he grew up supporting.

But it’s no coincidence that Marty Quinn’s hitherto struggling outfit is benefiting from the former Northern Ireland hitman’s presence.

Alan Davidson, hat-trick hero of Newry’s sensational 4-2 win over Portadown, fired Newry City in front against the run of play after 24 minutes on Friday night.

Trevor Molloy levelled just before the break leaving the stage free for man of the moment Hamilton to steal the limelight.

Delighted boss Marty Quinn said: “It was a good all round team performance but there is no denying Gary has made all the difference. With him in the side we’re beginning to gel again.”

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