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Glenavon have quality to battle big spenders, insists Mitchell

Glenavon 2 Warrenpoint Town 0

Aiming high: Andy Mitchell sees third place as a minimum
Aiming high: Andy Mitchell sees third place as a minimum

By Steven Beacom

Glenavon are up and running and striker Andy Mitchell is confident there is more to come.

After a home draw against Glentoran and disappointing away defeat to Cliftonville, Gary Hamilton's side secured their first victory of the season against Warrenpoint Town in Lurgan.

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy Clingan opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on after James Singleton was brought down in the box before front man Mitchell sealed the points on 27 minutes.

The result was a confidence boost for the Lurgan Blues and meant another loss for Warrenpoint - that's three out of three for Stephen McDonnell's side.

With Glenavon not having the spending power of other teams, some of their fans are fearing it may be difficult for them to compete at the top end of the table.

Mitchell believes there is enough quality at Mourneview to be up there once more.

"We know it will be a very competitive league but over the last couple of seasons we have maintained third and again that has to be our goal," said the forward. "We have a quality squad and I don't see any reason why we can't be up there. There is an abundance of talent in our team."

In contrast, Town manager McDonnell was not so happy. Due to Linfield's Europa League adventures, Warrenpoint don't play their next league game until August 31 at home to Cliftonville.

"We are going to have to improve as performances aren't good enough," said McDonnell.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Marron (Burns, 85 mins), Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell (Ferguson, 66 mins), Singleton, O'Mahony, Clingan, Garrett, Jenkins (Murray, 73 mins). Unused subs: Taylor, Hall, Harmon, McCloskey.

Warrenpoint: Turker, White (Taylor, 58 mins), Bennett, Smith, Reilly, McVeigh, Griffin, J O'Connor (Doyle, 71 mins), O'Sullivan, C O'Connor (Watters, 32 mins), Wallace. Unused subs: Copes, Prendergast, Byrne, O'Kane.

Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)

Man of the Match: Andy Mitchell

Match Rating: 6/10

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