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Gary Hamilton hails Glenavon's young at heart signings

By Stuart McKinley

Gary Hamilton claimed that his summer signings have made the critics eat their words after Glenavon moved back into second place in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Mourneview Park men produced a sensational performance in front of the Sky Sports cameras to record a 4-2 victory at the home of derby rivals Portadown, with Guy Bates netting a hat-trick.

At 37 and 39-years-old respectively the signings of David Rainey and William Murphy were questioned but, like Bates, they have played a big part in the Lurgan Blues' amazing start to the campaign.

"We have togetherness and a good team spirit," said Hamilton.

"We have tried to create that at the club this year.

"We've brought in leaders, we have brought in people who want to win matches and who have played in big matches

"Some people questioned me at the start of the season over the ages of certain players, but I think when you see the hunger that they showed you can see why I signed them."

"I signed David Rainey in the summer and he has got better than he was last year."

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall said: "It's a long time since we have had a performance like that and we are massively disappointed."

e PORTADOWN will be back on Sky Sports when their trip to The Oval to face Glentoran is screened on Monday December 2.

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