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Silver service: Gary Hamilton wants to lift Mid-Ulster Cup

Silver service: Gary Hamilton wants to lift Mid-Ulster Cup

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Silver service: Gary Hamilton wants to lift Mid-Ulster Cup

Gary Hamilton has a double mission in tonight's Mid-Ulster Cup final against Loughgall - silverware and much-needed game time for his new players.

The clash at Lakeview Park (7.45pm kick-off) will see Hamilton revert to type in the competition where he has tried to bring through younger members of his squad.

However, with several new bodies arriving this month, he is keen for them to get some valuable game time under their belts.

"We've used the Mid-Ulster to blood young players but I've always said we want to win every game, whether it be a pre-season friendly or the Mid-Ulster or league, that's just the way I am," said the Glenavon chief. "I can't do losing. Maybe if you play younger teams you can accept it a little better, but when you go onto the pitch you want to win.

"In pre-season, if we play games and get beaten then it irritates me. I'm a winner, I've always been a winner and I'm not going to change and that's what we're trying to instil into the changing room.

"If I'm being brutally honest I didn't think we had enough of that type of personality in our changing room this year.

"Hopefully with the likes of Conan Boyle and Calum Birney coming in, coming from big clubs and having experienced that, and we have Sammy (Clingan), Andy Doyle and Jonny Tuffey, boys like that, but we needed more."

Another new arrival who was exceptional in Saturday's 3-0 thumping of Ballymena United was on-loan Crusaders midfielder Matthew Snoddy, and he came in for high praise.

"I thought he was the best player on the pitch on Saturday. He was everywhere. He has played for Crusaders; he's won Irish Leagues, he's won Irish Cups, he knows what the demands of success are," Hamilton added.

"You could see that on the pitch. He's everywhere and it's a joy to watch someone with that enthusiasm, that hunger and desire and he's come here to prove a point that he's a good player.

"You wouldn't think that lad hadn't played a game in seven months. When we looked at the stats last week he'd done 12.2km in his first game in seven months, which is incredible.

"We'll make a couple of changes, but we'll be going to win it. There's players like Paddy Burns who has played in a lot of games, I think he's played in every Mid-Ulster game, so he'll definitely come in.

"Loughgall are flying, they're doing really well in the Championship and we know all about them, they knocked us out of the Irish Cup last year.

"We'll go down with a couple of things in mind that we want to win the game but there are players who need games. James Taylor will probably play, he came in for Jonny Tuffey earlier in the season and was outstanding and maybe harshly found himself out but Tuffers is the captain."

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