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Tinkerman Hamilton will call on McGrath

By David Mason

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton plans to shuffle his pack for tonight's JBE League Cup first round tie against Annagh United at Mourneview Park (7.45pm).

The Lurgan Blues claimed their first home league win of the season at the weekend, producing a demolition job on Coleraine and Hamilton wants a repeat showing.

Although he is wary of the threat posed by the Championship 1 side, Hamilton still intends re-jigging his squad with James McGrath taking over from Jonny Tuffey between the posts.

"Our priority is to progress in this tournament, we are in it to win it, but we have quite a few players needing game time. James will start in goals, that's for sure," said Hamilton.

"We had a really strong group of players on the bench for the weekend game with Coleraine - Andy McGrory, Mark Patton, Mark Sykes and Simon Kelly. They are all good players and they need a bit of game time.

"Add to that Dave Elebert, who is almost fully recovered from a hamstring injury. We have a lot of good players not getting the time on the pitch they need, so this is an ideal chance to give them a run out."

Although Hamilton is targeting another top-six finish in the league, he also wants to have an impact in the knockout tournaments.

"What we did in the league last season was fantastic," he added. "We want to finish as high as possible again this year, but we also want to be in the shake up in the cup competitions. We'll take nothing for granted against Annagh, but there is a second round home tie against Ards up for grabs.

"It's important we are there."

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