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Hamilton is eager for Glenavon to rediscover their clinical edge

Glenavon 0 Ballinamallard United 0

By Steven Beacom

Gary Hamilton wants normal service resumed at Glenavon to finish the season on a high.

The Mourneview Park men have enjoyed a fine campaign and sit third, but March has brought disappointment.

They have been shocked by Loughgall in the Irish Cup, hammered 6-1 by Crusaders, drew 2-2 with Glentoran and on Saturday failed to score for the first time since November in a scoreless draw against basement side Ballinamallard United, buoyed by the arrival of new boss Harry McConkey.

Hamilton held a 35-minute dressing room inquest after the final whistle.

"We have been scoring for fun all season and in the Loughgall game and against Ballinamallard we didn't have that clinical edge. Goals win matches and unfortunately we've hit a bit of a blip and it has cost us," said Hamilton, who began his five-match touchline ban. "Hopefully we can get back to what we were doing."

The draw was a massive boost to the Fermanagh men who are now six points behind second-bottom Carrick with a game in hand. McConkey, who took over from Gavin Dykes, said: "I thought the players were very good and the aim now is to build on this."

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Doyle, Foley, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Griffin, Sykes, Marron, Cooper, Singleton. Subs: Burns (for Marron, 57 mins), Clingan (for Foley, 77 mins), Murray (for Mitchell, 64 mins), Norton, Lindsay

BALLINAMALLARD: Brush, Kerr, McLaughlin, McKenna, Smyth, Leddy, Kee, Curran, McGinty, McCartney, Hutchinson. Unused subs: Taheny (for Leddy, 76 mins), Clarke (for Kee, 81 mins), McIlwaine (for McCartney, 59 mins), Armstrong, Mailey.

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)

Man of the match: James McKenna

Match rating: 5/10

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