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Glenavon not lacking in motivation for European Play-Off mission, reveals Gary Hamilton

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Gary Hamilton is determined to be best of the rest

Gary Hamilton is determined to be best of the rest

Gary Hamilton is determined to be best of the rest

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton may not have known his team’s European Play-Off opponents until yesterday, but he insists motivation will not be an issue when they do go into action.

Because of the importance of Tuesday’s Oval showdown with Glentoran, Hamilton decided to give youth a fling in his team’s final Danske Bank Premiership game of the season against relegated Warrenpoint Town, who nicked a last-gasp 2-1 win.

“We took it easy last week, giving the boys a bit of a break,” stressed Hamilton. “We were in Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning this week in preparation for Tuesday’s game. We’ll be ready for it. We do our own thing in terms of preparation and, hopefully, we will be right up for the challenge.”

Although narrowly beaten at Mourneview Park on the last day of the League campaign, Hamilton was thrilled with his young guns.

“I was gutted for the kids because they were excellent,” he added.

“The youngsters probably weren’t as confident or as positive in their own ability. I had a chat with them at half-time and encouraged them to believe in themselves a bit more.

“Let’s call a spade a spade, Warrenpoint came to our place earlier in the season and drew with our first team, so it was quite an achievement for the kids to be beaten with the last kick of the ball.

“I was gutted for them, I thought they deserved to see it out. They can be proud of themselves. It also gave me food for thought in terms of what players now can make the step up to the first-team group.”


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