Hamilton delighted as Glenavon blow away 10-man Dungannon Swifts
Glenavon 5 Dungannon Swifts 0
Boss Gary Hamilton hailed his five-star Glenavon strike partnership as they put ten-man Dungannon Swifts to the sword in a 5-0 rout at Mourneview Park.
Conor McCloskey helped himself to his first two goals of the season in a man of the match performance, with Jordan Jenkins, Josh Daniels and Robert Garrett also finding the back of the net in the dominant victory.
The hosts' front duo of McCloskey and Jenkins were exceptional, the pair linking superbly throughout the game, and McCloskey had a hand in the first four goals, either scoring them or providing the assist.
That left Hamilton, whose side have now won three of their last four games and are just six points off sixth place, singing their praises after the match.
"They were excellent today. They were excellent against Ballymena (last Friday) as well. They had some really good phases of play between them," lauded the Lurgan Blues boss.
"We have been lacking goals this year, there's no point in denying that. Today we didn't, and they were a large part of that.
"They were really good against Ballymena without the result and today they were really good and got the result. I have to give them credit, everything good we did today came through them."
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As for Swifts boss Kris Lindsay, things go from bad to worse as his side saw veteran Terry Fitzpatrick sent off in the first half with the score just 2-0, giving them too much of a mountain to climb, and are now without a win in three down in 10th.
They didn't help themselves, however, and their start was nothing short of disastrous. Just 15 seconds into the game, Daniels slid the ball in behind the sleeping Dungannon defence for McCloskey to run onto rifle high past Conor Byrne for the opener.
To the Swifts' credit, they responded well, and Caomhan McGuinness nearly pulled them level immediately only his rebound from Calum Byers' header struck the outside of the post.
Glenavon made them pay on the half-hour mark and it was McCloskey and Jenkins who connected, the latter the benefactor of a lovely one-two that allowed him to fire low into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
The visitors were then reduced to ten men as Fitzpatrick saw his second yellow for a reckless challenge on Daniels with 11 minutes still to the interval, and Glenavon turned up the pressure to try and kill off the game.
Dungannon held out manfully early in the second half, but eventually the resistance broke again in the 64th minute, Jenkins delivering the cross onto a plate for McCloskey to side foot into the bottom corner.
Dungannon had a chance to at least take a goal from the tie but Johnny Tuffey saved smartly after substitutes Terry Devlin and Ryan Waide combined.
And the hosts rounded off affairs with a late double salvo to put some gloss on the one-sided scoreline, McCloskey turning provider again, whipping in a corner for Daniels to head home, before Garrett signed off the win with a sumptuous volley from the edge of the box that kissed the post on its way in.
GLENAVON: Tuffey; Marshall, Marron, Doyle (Larmour, 76 mins), Singleton; Daniels, Clingan (Wearen, 66 mins), Garrett, Burns (Beggs, 70 mins); McCloskey, Jenkins. Unused subs: Taylor, Mitchell, Harmon, Murray.
DUNGANNON SWIFTS: Byrne; Teggart, Byers, McGuinness, Redman; Fitzpatrick; Smyth, Lowe; Carvill (Campbell, 85 mins), Gallagher (Waide, 59 mins), Patton (Devlin, 59 mins). Unused subs: King, Taylor, Noble, Coyle.
Red card: Fitzpatrick (34)
Man of the Match: McCloskey (Glenavon)
Match Rating: 6/10
Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare).