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Glenavon counting the cost of defeat

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Glenavon counting the cost of defeat thumbnailGoalscorer James McLaughlin leads the applause of Coleraine fans at the final whistle.

A COMING of age, Coleraine manager Oran Kearney called it.
A changing of the guard might be another way to describe it.
After two Irish Cup successes in three seasons, Glenavon are looking down the barrel of financial hardship after losing Saturday's semi-final in dramatic fashion.
They will be replaced in next month's showpiece - against last year's beaten finalists Linfield - by a vibrant Coleraine team which stands on the cusp of an exciting future.
The ramifications for both clubs are enormous.
Irish Cup successes in recent times has helped Lurgan Blues' boss Gary Hamilton build a formidable squad, one which can leave the likes of Kyle Neill, Kris Lindsay and Andy McGrory out of the panel for such a big game.
Failure to make the decider - and with no guarantees they will clinch a much coveted European place through the end of season play-offs given their recent poor league form - could lead to a player exodus from Mourneview Park.
In contrast, the Bannsiders have two bites of the European cherry. They remain in contention for a third place league finish and could also win the Tennent's Irish Cup at the start of May.

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