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Lurgan Blues set their sights on domestic affairs after cup exit

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On target: Rhys Marshall netted for Glenavon
On target: Rhys Marshall netted for Glenavon

By Graham Luney

Glenavon will now focus on domestic competition after being knocked out of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup at Raith Rovers on Saturday.

Gary Hamilton's side have had a dismal spell in the Danske Bank Premiership, losing 7-0 at Linfield and 6-0 against Larne at Inver Park, but there were signs of encouragement in Kirkcaldy at the weekend, despite losing out to their Scottish League One hosts.

The Lurgan Blues' next game is in the league away to bottom of the table Warrenpoint Town on Saturday.

It is a big one for Hamilton, who has come under pressure from a section of the club's support after their disappointing start to the campaign.

At Stark's Park over the weekend, Raith started brighter and took a deserved lead 14 minutes in when Kieron Bowie broke the deadlock. Prior to that, Glenavon goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey made several saves to keep the scoreline blank.

The visitors were given hope in the fourth round encounter when Marshall took advantage of a defensive mix-up to level with 23 minutes on the clock. Ten minutes later, however, Raith restored their lead through Daniel Armstrong.

Close shaves followed at either end before an injury-time effort from Lewis Allan put the game to bed.

Raith boss John McGlynn said: "We should have been out of sight at half-time.

"Even when it went to 1-1, I was confident with the way we were playing that we could go ahead again."

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