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Happy man: Gary Hamilton was pleased with Glenavon’s fightback

Happy man: Gary Hamilton was pleased with Glenavon’s fightback

Happy man: Gary Hamilton was pleased with Glenavon’s fightback

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton saluted the battling qualities of his team following their dramatic Danske Premiership win over battling Warrenpoint Town on Friday night.

The Lurgan Blues twice fought their way back into the game before young James Singleton won it by scrambling home the winner late on.

Ruairi Devlin and Johnny Breen shot the visitors ahead on two occasions, but player manager Hamilton and Kevin Braniff hauled Glenavon back into it.

"We thought it wasn't going to be our night again," beamed Hamilton. "We left it late but we came away with what I thought was a deserved victory.

"Warrenpoint are a different proposition now than they were when we played them earlier this season in the league.

"They were much hungrier, played with more energy and gave us a tough battle. We had to hang in there at times but I'm pleased with the result.

"We have had a few reversals in recent games that we feel have been tough to swallow, but I was delighted with our character and have nothing but praise for my players."

In contrast, Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray was left licking wounds after what he described as a 'cruel way to lose'.

"We threw it away," moaned Gray. "I'm not disappointed in the manner of our defeat, I'm gutted we didn't win the game.

"The three points were there for the taking. We scored two good goals and looked dangerous going forward on the counter attack."

Even though Breen grabbed his team's second, he later missed a sitter which would have given Point a twogoal advantage.

"It was a game changer," added Gray. "We now have to use the disappointment of the defeat to motivate us for our next game against Institute. I can't be too critical because we know we can do better."

Gray, however, believes he has found a gem in the shape of Breen, who caused problems for the Glenavon defence throughout the 90 minutes.

"Johnny came through the Dundalk youth system and played a few first team games.

"He was abroad for a year or so before returning home. That's when we picked him up in pre-season.

"Obviously, he is still settling into the club and we are still tinkering with our striking partnerships, but I thought he has his best game for us against Glenavon."

Belfast Telegraph