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We need to push on so won't take Newry's threat lightly: Hamilton

 

Clear aim: Gary Hamilton is hoping to build momentum
Clear aim: Gary Hamilton is hoping to build momentum

By Steven Beacom

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton insists his team won't take Championship outfit Newry City for granted in tonight's BetMcLean Cup tie at Mourneview Park.

The Lurgan Blues have a big clash at home to Crusaders in the league on Saturday but Hamilton says he will only focus on that after the knockout encounter with Darren Mullen's side.

Glenavon will enter the game on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 league win at Warrenpoint Town. After being hammered 7-0 and 6-0 by Linfield and Larne, it was a crucial result.

Hamilton is keen to build on the victory versus a Newry outfit showing their best form of the season since being relegated last term. Institute away in the quarter-finals awaits the winners.

"It's a difficult game. Darren has done a good job at Newry. In my opinion he has an even stronger team than he did last season and has brought in some really good footballers, so facing them will be no easy task," said Hamilton. "The hope is to build on the win at Warrenpoint. We may have Crusaders at the weekend but I'll only think about that after we play Newry."

Glenavon have suffered a number of injuries this season, with the latest hitting defender Caolan Marron and first-choice goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey, who Hamilton says will be absent for "four to six weeks minimum" after damaging ankle ligaments.

The Glenavon boss said: "It's been ankles, knees, leg breaks and concussion. They are impact injuries and you have no control over that."

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