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Donegal Celtic sense upset in the air against ragged Glens

By Chris Holt

Donegal Celtic midfielder Darren McNamee believes Glentoran are there for the taking as the west Belfast men head east for their Carling Premiership showdown tonight (7.45pm).

The ‘Wee Hoops’ lifted themselves off the foot of the table on Saturday with a superb 3-0 win over Ballymena United at the Showgrounds, while, at the same time, the Glens were turning in another shocking display in a 0-0 draw with under-strength Cliftonville at the Oval.

Unsurprisingly tails are high in the Suffolk Road camp, but McNamee, who was on the scoresheet on Saturday, insists that Celtic must build on their victory by the Braid in their attempt to open up a gap between themselves and Newry City.

“The last time we played at The Oval we had six key men missing and lost 1-0 when we deserved a draw,” said McNamee.

“Now we are at full strength and our confidence is high. The win over Ballymena will only have added value if we take something from the Glentoran game.

“They will expect to win but while there is pressure on both sides, we feel we are playing well away from home.”

Elsewhere, Newry City will be hoping that Glentoran come into a bit of form and that they can perhaps pull Dungannon Swifts closer to the trapdoor with victory tonight at the Showgrounds.

City are now rock-bottom and haven’t won since beating Lisburn Distillery on New Year’s Eve.

At the other end of the table, in-form Crusaders can go within three points of leaders Linfield if they can pick up a win on their travels to Ballymena United.

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