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Glentoran faithful earn manager Young’s praise

By Chris Holt

Glentoran fans have a reputation for being fond of a good whinge, but according to boss Scott Young it may be something they are about to shake off.

Young has been taken aback by the support he and his team have received this season and the rookie manager says that is a major reason behind their good start to the campaign.

The Glens remain unbeaten, have been scoring plenty of goals and haven’t conceded since the opening day when tonight’s Co. Antrim Shield opponents Lisburn Distillery scored a consolation in a 6-1 romp at New Grosvenor.

“The fans have been phenomenal so far,” said Young. “They have really got behind us and it has made a massive difference to the team. I know they (the fans) can be a wee bit grumpy at times, but the players have picked up on how positive things have been, coming from the stands.”

And Young says, with the average age of the team having been lowered considerably, it important that supporters continue to play their part.

“They have to keep it up,” he added. “We need them to remember that this is a very young team and there will come a point when form will dip a bit because you can’t carry on like this forever.

“It will be then they they will really need the encouragement.”

The Glens take on the Whites at the Oval tonight with Young admitting that he isn’t as privileged as previous bosses.

In the past the Co. Antrim Shield has been used as a way of blooding youngsters, but most of those kids are playing crucial roles in the first team these days.

But aside from that, Young is wary of breaking up a team that has started so well.

“I don’t want to chop and change because I’d like to keep the momentum going,” he said.

“We have been doing well and the players that are in the team deserve to be there so I don’t want to change for the sake of it.

“The squad is young and small in numbers so we can’t really make that many changes anyway like in the past.”

He added: “It’s fair to say it’s not top of our priority list, but we still want to win the Co. Antrim Shield.

“The way the competition is this year we are straight into the quarter-finals so if we win we stand 90 minutes away from a final. That’s what’s up for grabs and I expect the players to treat the competition and Lisburn Distillery with respect.”

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