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Hamilton thrilled as Jenkins stakes his claim with a double

Glenavon 3 Ballymena United 0


Young guns: Jordan Jenkins is hailed by Rhys Marshall

Young guns: Jordan Jenkins is hailed by Rhys Marshall

Young guns: Jordan Jenkins is hailed by Rhys Marshall

Gary Hamilton threw striker Jordan Jenkins into the mix so he could 'have a look at him' on Saturday - and the young Glenavon striker certainly didn't disappoint.

Prolific at reserve and under age level, the 17-year-old netted twice as the Lurgan Blues saw off Ballymena United at Mourneview Park, offering a further reminder of his talents to fans who saw him win the Charity Shield for Glenavon back in July.

Glenavon player/manager Hamilton has vowed to give a number of his starlets game time in the run-up to next month's Europa League play-offs and was understandably encouraged by what Jenkins had to offer.

"Our Achilles heel all season has been scoring goals," admitted Hamilton.

"We gave JJ 20 minutes in the Charity Shield and he scored a goal. Today we gave him a start and he has scored two.

"He's knows how to be in the right place in the right time and he's got a knack of scoring goals.

"I thought we were pretty dominant today - the boys performed to their natural potential."

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Having gone close with a half-volley early on, Jenkins made the breakthrough with a smart touch to deceive Ballymena keeper Tim Allen in the aftermath of Rhys Marshall's surging run being brought to a halt.

His second strike was even more eye-catching; a thunderous volley from Andy McGrory's inviting delivery.

Greg Moorhouse wrapped things up when he found the bottom corner with a firm drive, leaving Ballymena boss David Jeffrey - whose charges rarely threatened outside of a Kyle Owens header just past the hour mark - to reflect: "We're disappointed, we know we haven't played anywhere near to our potential. We are honest enough to say that today's game wasn't up to our standards."

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