Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

All eyes are on Mourneview, says Glentoran's Hill

Glentoran may have a very important match coming up but any talk of it has been put to one side for the time being.

With the Setanta Sports Cup Final clash with Cork City a little over a week away it’s only natural that the players’ minds will wander.

However, closer to home, there is the small matter of JJB Sports Premiership points at stake as the east Belfast men prepare to tuck into their bread and butter at Mourneview Park against struggling Glenavon tomorrow.

It is clear what the most important game is in their eyes.

For others, it’s the only show in town.

Having been shown the red card in the semi-final victory over Drogheda United, neither Jason Hill nor Paul Leeman will line out at Turner’s Cross in the All-Ireland showpiece, so their eyes are fixed firmly on gaining victory over the Lurgan Blues and retaining their position at the top of the table.

But according to Hill, all the players are of a similar mindset.

“Of course it’s hard to forget that the Setanta final is coming up but we all have to make sure that we do the business in the league,” he said.

“Our number one priority is to win the title and if we take our eye off the ball and drop points against Glenavon then we are putting that in jeopardy.

“For me, obviously I don’t have as much of a distraction as the other boys because unfortunately I’m not going to get the chance to play in the final.

“But to be fair to the rest of the lads, they know what has to be done and I am sure they will be putting everything they have into making sure we get three points against Glenavon.

“The manager has been making sure that we are completely focused on this match and once it is over then we will start the build up to next week.”

The Glens go to Mid-Ulster unbeaten while Stephen McBride’s men are at almost at the other extreme as they struggle near the foot of the table.

But Hill certainly won’t underestimate the opposition.

“Last week (against Ballymena) showed that teams near the bottom are capable of picking up points so we have to be at our best,” he added.

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