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Daniels ready to hit the goal groove after injury strains

Institute 1 Glenavon 4

By Colin Speer

Glenavon winger Josh Daniels hopes his goal at Institute can be the first of many in the coming weeks.

The 23-year-old feels that the hectic Christmas schedule will help get his sharpness levels back to where they should be.

"Hopefully the more games I play, the fitter I will get and we are coming into a busy period now and I want to try and get as much goals as I can," he stated.

"I haven't played double figures yet, so it's just about getting more games and, yes, I have set myself a goalscoring target.

"Last season, I scored eight goals and had 12 assists and I could reach that after Christmas this season hopefully, because I think I'm on four goals and a couple of assists.

"I just like to work hard and if it falls to me it falls to me, but now it's just about being crafty by getting in around the back post and free in and around the box and I should get more goals."

Andy Hall had the visitors in front after just 90 seconds, with Jack Bradley's own goal and an Andy Doyle header making it 3-0 before the break.

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Daniels added the fourth ahead of Jamie Dunne's late consolation for Institute, whose manager Sean Connor conceded the lack of experience in his squad told.

"They came out of the blocks really quickly," said Connor.

"We worked all week on being narrow and not having too big of a gap between our two banks of four, but we just didn't do it for whatever reason.

"We were defending all the wrong positions, our two wide midfield players were constantly facing our own goal and weren't tucked in enough and that allowed Glenavon space to play balls into the strikers and have runners off them.

"Today was a day with just too many young players in the side.

"We've put a lot of pressure on ourselves today with a below par performance, but I think Glenavon are in a false position and they're a better side than what their league form has shown, but if you make it that easy, it's not good."

Institute: R Brown, R Morrow, Crown, Leppard, McLaughlin, Bradley (Dunne, 46 mins), McCauley, Tweed, McNamee (J Morrow, 58 mins), G Brown, McGurk (Burke, 46 mins). Unused subs: S Curry, McIntyre, Scoltock, Wells.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Larmour, Doyle (Beggs, 75), Marron, Daniels, Marshall (Barr, 80 mins), Hall, McCloskey, Murray (Jenkins, 60 mins), Singleton, Garrett. Unused subs: Burns, Hunter, Wearen, Hamilton.

Referee: Jamie Robinson (Portadown).

Man of the match: Andy Hall

Match rating: 7/10

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