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Substitute Gary Hamilton inspires late Glenavon comeback victory against Glentoran

Glentoran 1-2 Glenavon

Gary Hamilton celebrates netting his first league goal in over two years.
Gary Hamilton celebrates netting his first league goal in over two years.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton inspired a comeback victory for his side at the Oval.

With his side stumbling towards a single-goal defeat to Glentoran in east Belfast, the former Glens favourite brought himself off the bench and within minutes, had bagged his first Premiership goal in over two years.

Hamilton had last found the net in a league game on January 17 2017, when he scored at Ballinamallard.

Glenavon went close to open the scoring when both Robbie Garrett and Andrew Mitchell had efforts cleared off the line and Seamus Sharkey also saw a shot come back off the post after Darren Murray had given the hosts' a 40th minute lead from the penalty shot.

Stephen Murray had headed narrowly over but other than that, Glenavon had struggled to create many real scoring chances during the second half.

However, with eight minutes on the clock, Hamilton provided the near-post finish on a long-throw.

Glenavon weren't finished there and when Caolan Marron, who had earlier given away the penalty, launched a header that looped over the top of the hosts' defence, former Ballymena United attacker Conor McCloskey was through on goal. He duly obliged, tucking home his fourth league goal for the Lurgan Blues and delivering what is only their fifth win in 18 games.

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Conor McCloskey celebrates netting Glenavon's winner.

The result puts Glenavon five points clear of Coleraine in fourth spot and helps Hamilton's side climb to within six points of third-placed Crusaders, having played a game less.

Glentoran remain in ninth place in the table, two points behind Dungannon Swifts in the final European play-off place, having played a game less.

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