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Marshall wants to taste Gibson Cup joy at Mourneview

By Stuart McKinley

Published 01/01/2016

On a mission: Rhys Marshall is aiming for 10 goals this season
On a mission: Rhys Marshall is aiming for 10 goals this season

Rhys Marshall has set himself a 10-goal target this season.

And after that the Glenavon full-back, who scored the Lurgan Blues' dramatic injury-time derby winner against Portadown last Saturday, is on a mission to bring the Gibson Cup to Mourneview Park.

Glenavon's third-place finish last season was their highest in 15 years and with new players arriving and established performers being handed extended contracts, Marshall believes that a title challenge isn't out of their reach.

"I'd like to believe that we can challenge for the title and I think that anything is possible in this league," said Marshall, who is still only 20-years-old.

"The Crues are running away with it now, so maybe not this season, but in seasons to come - next season or the season after - we'll definitely be looking to push for that.

"Gary (Hamilton) built a squad that got us to third place in the league last season.

"In my first season we won the Irish Cup, which was a big thing. Although I am in my third season now I am still not used to it.

"It's maybe a long time in some people's eyes, but it has flown by for me. Gary is building a squad, every year he is bringing better players in.

"We are at the top end of the table and that's where we want to stay."

Such is Marshall's goalscoring prowess, only Eoin Bradley has found the net more times this season for the club.

And after savouring the delight of bagging the Boxing Day derby winner, he wants to double his tally in the second half of the season.

"I've scored five this season now and I'm aiming for 10," said Marshall, who will look for his sixth when Glenavon travel to Carrick Rangers today. "I scored seven last season and you've got to have targets in mind."

Marshall moved from right-back to the left side of defence after Kyle Neill was forced out of the Boxing Day game with a knee injury. With cartilage damage sustained and further checks to be carried out to ascertain the extent of ligament damage, Neill is expected to be out for some time.

With no experienced cover at left-back, Marshall is now facing the prospect of filling in there on a long-term basis.

"I don't mind playing there," added Marshall. "It's not much different to right-back."

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