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Six-shooter O'Carroll wants to lift pressure on Quinn

By Graham Luney

Strikers up and down the country will be asking Diarmuid O'Carroll what he had for breakfast on the morning of Tuesday, September 20.

Coagh United now know all about the clinical finishing of the Glenavon striker after he helped himself to an astonishing six goals in a 10-0 rout in the second round of the Irn-Bru League Cup.

When Paddy McCourt produced his goalscoring heroics against the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park he was dubbed 'undroppable' and O'Carroll would be entitled to feel a little frustrated if he lost his place in the team for today's home clash with Coleraine.

It's not every day a player gets his name on the scoresheet six times so the Kerryman will always have cherished memories from a night little Coagh will want to quickly forget.

Perhaps he was keen to take out his frustration on someone after watching his side lose the All-Ireland final but O'Carroll's new ruthless streak is just what Glenavon need as they search for their first league win of the season.

"I've never hit six - I hit five in a youth team game some years ago so I'll take a double hat-trick when it comes," said the 24-year-old who became the first Glenavon player to score six goals since Denis Guy tortured Glentoran in 1966.

"I'll just have to repeat the same pre-match warm-up and hope it happens again! Three of the goals were penalties so that always gets you thinking about whether someone else should have a go but I'll take them all.

"You had the whole range there, a volley with my left, a tap in inside the box and one from outside the box.

"It's a brilliant feeling. As someone said to me you could go through your whole career and not do it.

"It's nice when everything you hit goes in.

"I'm not massively superstitious but I don't really change my pre-match routine and I get changed in the same spot.

"Marty (Quinn) went with the full team to hopefully get the result and build confidence. It was great that Misky (Mark Miskimmin) got two and Andy Graham got one so between the three strikers we got nine.

"The lads at the back got a clean sheet and it was a great confidence boost.

"It's just been that killer instinct that we have been looking for as we need to start putting away chances.

"On other occasions we haven't held on for the clean sheet so it's been a combination of the two things."

Quinn has come under pressure with the Lurgan Blues rooted to the bottom of the table, failing to win any of their opening eight games.

But O'Carroll, who was at Morecambe with Sammy McIlroy, says the players are 100% behind the experienced boss.

"Our luck will change," he added. "It's a very close knit changing room and obviously Marty brought a lot of the boys in, including myself, and there is no doubt we back him fully.

"Marty and even the directors know that we can turn things around."

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