Glenavon boss hails 'Rolls Royce' recruit after victory over Newry
A third clean sheet in succession, three points on the road and Andrew Mitchell hitting his 100th career goal meant it was a good day for Glenavon and manager Gary Hamilton as they saw off Newry City.
Hamilton was particularly pleased that a patched-up defence that was minus the services of Andrew Doyle, Caolan Marron and Daniel Larmour largely kept the hosts at bay, with midfielder Eoin Wearen dropping in to partner Seamus Sharkey at the heart of the backline.
"We probably haven't seen the best of him yet," said Hamilton of Wearen.
"He's looked like a Rolls-Royce whether he's been playing centre-midfield or centre-half.
"It's easy for him at times because he reads the game so well and he's so good on the ball.
"Seamus Sharkey has come in from Sligo and has done tremendously well for us.
"He's a big aggressive centre-half and he's got a pass on him as well. The two of them have been excellent."
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City goalkeeper Andy Coleman made a succession of stops to keep out one of his former clubs, but the deadlock was finally broken 12 minutes from time when sub Stephen Murray got on the end of a Josh Daniels flick-on to cross for Mitchell to head into the unguarded goal.
While Jonny Tuffey saved well from Declan Carville in the dying moments, it would have been harsh on a dominant away side if Newry had taken anything from the game and that was something home boss Darren Mullen agreed with.
"I could go in and say hard luck, but I didn't because it wasn't hard luck. It wasn't good enough and that's the bottom line," admitted Mullen.
"Basic stuff like not keeping the ball is killing us.
"It's alright saying you've worked hard and defended well, but you shouldn't have to defend as much as we're doing. We're giving ourselves mountains to climb. The chance at the end probably sums things up."
NEWRY: Coleman, King (Walker, 75 mins), M Hughes, Mooney, Boyle, McCann (Noonan, 53 mins), Teggart, S Hughes, McCabe, Carville, Rushe (Cavalcante, 70 mins). Unused subs: Maguire, Moody, Pender, Healy.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Marshall, Singleton (Norton, 32 mins), Wearen, Sharkey, Garrett, Harmon, Daniels, Mitchell, McCloskey (Murray, 54 mins), Hall. Unused subs: Jenkins, Stewart, Jameson, Bassett, Hamilton.
Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan)
Man of the match: Andy Coleman
Match rating: 6/10.