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Absolute disgrace: McAree slams Coleraine side after Mourneview mauling

 

Rodney McAree
Rodney McAree
Magic Mark: Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton hails goalscorer Mark Sykes as Coleraine are put to the sword at Mourneview Park last night

By Graham Luney

Coleraine's Rodney McAree was far from happy while Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton hailed a slick performance from his side in their 4-0 win at Mourneview Park last night.

A first-half double from Andrew Mitchell along with further goals from Mark Sykes and substitute Jordan Jenkins crushed a Bannsiders team labelled an "absolute disgrace" by their manager Rodney McAree.

It could be one of Sykes' last performances in a Lurgan Blues jersey, with a move to Port Vale on the horizon, and he played his part a ruthless attacking display.

"It was a good performance -both with and against the wind," said Hamilton. "We pressed the ball well and passed well but the most pleasing thing for me was the defence.

"We haven't been marking well enough but the defenders were brilliant tonight and Jonny Tuffey also made a great save."

Two-goal hero Mitchell added: "We have good wide men who can deliver chances and thankfully I was able to take them."

McAree moaned: "I thought we were good in the first 25 minutes but after that it was an absolute disgrace as a collective.

"We look like a squad of individuals rather than a united team and that's not good enough.

"We've got to take opportunities when we create them. We conceded two poor goals in the first half and in the second half too many players threw in the towel. There was no hunger or desire to get back into the game."

The result takes the third-placed Lurgan Blues to within three points of leaders Ballymena United.

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