Belfast Telegraph

Young praises Glentoran players

By Chris Holt

Having ripped his players apart after defeat to Linfield on Saturday, Glentoran boss Scott Young has taken time to give credit where it was due for what he regarded as the return of at least some passion to the side.

Young was furious at the Glens’ Irish Cup capitulation to their rivals at the weekend and on Tuesday, having gone a goal down after just 11 seconds to Institute, it threatened to be another dark and dismal night in east Belfast.

However, the champions fought back with goals from Gary Hamilton and a second half Richard Clarke cracker, showing that the players had taken on board Young’s rant.

“I thought in the first half (against Institute) they passed the ball well, which is what I want,” said Young, who lost Daryl Fordyce after the midfielder was sent off for his part in the spat with Ruairi McClean which saw both sent off.

“After a goal like like that, heads could have dropped because of the result on Saturday — that was three defeats in a row. But that didn’t happen.

“I wish we had taken some of our chances in the first half because even though we went down to 10 men we could have been three or four up and the boys could have gone out and expressed themselves.

“With the upheaval at the club and the result on Saturday, nervousness was going to set in. But they kept going and showed a bit of hunger which was pleasing after Saturday.”

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