Belfast Telegraph

Hamilton wants flying start

By Gordon Hanna

Glenavon 2 Coleraine 2: If Glenavon and Coleraine ever get round to putting their game together for 90 minutes then opponents had better beware.

Until now, by their own admission, the pair has been guilty of being half-timers.

Glenavon are frustratingly slow starters and manager Gary Hamilton is at a loss for an explanation.

Against Glentoran last weekend and again against Coleraine at Mourneview Park on Friday night they simply were not at the races in the opening 45 minutes.

And they were decidedly fortunate on this occasion that out of nothing Guy Bates cancelled out Gary Browne's sixth minute opener just before half-time.

Yet after the interval pow-wow the Lurgan Blues were a very different team and went on to take the lead through David Rainey only to concede an equaliser to sub Joel Bradley in time added on.

Hamilton conceded: "We're taking too long to get started and I don't know why. It's a bit of a mystery. It was the same against Glentoran."

His counterpart Oran Kearney is just as flummoxed.

He said: "In the last two games we have not started well but came strongly in the second half. This time it was slightly different and we absolutely dominated the first half and maybe should have been out of sight by half-time.

"Then for large parts of the second half Glenavon dominated. It's hard to explain although with so many good teams in the league it will be hard to dominate for the whole 90 minutes.

"It's about making the most of it when on top and we didn't do that."

Home debut star Rainey's strike which put Glenavon in front was a gem but the former Crusaders hitman conceded: "I was hoping it would be the winner, but it wasn't to be. That's disappointing."

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