Glenavon's Irish Cup victory was for Farren, says Hamilton

Glenavon striker Eoin Bradley celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal in the 4-1 Irish Cup win over Glentoran  Picture: Pacemaker
Sean O'Neill

GLENAVON player-manager Gary Hamilton has dedicated Saturday’s resounding Irish Cup win against Glentoran to the late Mark Farren.

The 33-year-old former Derry City striker, who joined the mid-Ulster club in 2013, passed away on February 3 after losing his battle with cancer. 

He was remembered at the Oval on Saturday with a minute’s silence and with a minute’s applause at the 10th minute in honour of the number he wore for the Lurgan Blues. 

“Obviously it was a great win for the club but most importantly the win was for Mark Farren and his family,” said Hamilton. 

“And with the week they’ve been through – it was really tough for them and it was really tough for everybody that knew him.

“I had the honour and privilege to play with him and to be in his company. Every other week – you want to do it for the fans or you want to do it for your family or whoever it may be.

“But this week was a week that we just wanted to win the game for Mark and obviously we did that and that made the club happy and made the fans happy which is an extra bonus.”

Glenavon followed up their 5-1 thumping of Carrick Rangers on Tuesday night with this dismissal of cup holders Glentoran. 

Rhys Marshall opened the scoring, appropriately enough, in the 10th minute from a Joel Cooper cross before Ciaran Martyn powered home another header with the impressive Cooper again provider. 

Eoin Bradley curled in a superb third in the 54th minute and although an unfortunate Kris Lindsay turned into his own net to pull one back for the Glens, Cooper wrapped it up a with a fine finish just before full-time.

With Glenavon drawing Championship 1 side Loughgall in the quarter-final, thoughts may be turning to the possibility of  the club repeating their 2014 Irish Cup success. 

Hamilton, however, will be staying grounded. 

“Before the draw starts I’m sure every team in the competition wants to draw a team from a lower division than themselves,” declared Hamilton. 

“We wanted a team at home and secondly we’ve got a team from a lower league.

“But we can’t take them for granted. Harland and Wolff Welders put us out of the Irish Cup last year and Annagh United put us out of the League Cup this year, so we know that these teams can beat us.”

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