Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Dreams come true for Ward

Sean Ward texted Colin Nixon on Wednesday morning to inform him he had the strangest dream the night before.

His behaviour was hardly surprising given the two-goal blast from Nixon which completed a fairtytale comeback for Glentoran at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Trailing 2-0, Alan McDonald’s side looked set for a miserable night at the office but goals from Andy Waterworth and a memorable double from Nixon in injury-time secured three vital Carling Premiership points.

Ward was so stunned at what he witnessed he couldn’t celebrate.

“I texted Colin to tell him I had the strangest dream,” he said. “It really was unbelievable stuff. It might as well have been a dream.

“I was so shocked at our comeback that I couldn’t celebrate properly. I would much rather be 2-0 up and seeing a game out in the dying seconds rather than having to stage a dramatic comeback like that week in, week out.

“We showed great character to fight back against United and Cliftonville but you can’t keep doing that — your luck will run out.

“Every team needs to have a never say die attitude and fight to the end — particularly in this league.”

Ward and his team-mates will now switch their attention to the Co-operative Insurance Cup and a third round, first leg battle with Glenavon at the Oval today.

McDonald may be tempted to reshuffle his pack but the 24-year-old hopes his manager selects a strong team.

Winning trophies remains the philosophy of the club and players never get tired of lifting silverware.

“I would like us to field a strong team as Glenavon will be tricky opponents,” added Ward.

“A good run in this competition will generate much needed revenue for the club and the players will always have the mindset of aiming to win every game and every trophy.

“Glenavon have done extremely well this season and Marty Quinn has a strong side, very capable of getting a result against us.

“They gave us a hard game in the 2-2 draw and are in the top five of the league. People are asking who wants to win the league this season but the games are so competitive because the teams are so evenly matched.

“Linfield and Glentoran don’t have a monopoly on the league’s best players and other teams are putting up a real fight.”

Premiership teams are having to cope with a demanding fixtures schedule but Ward isn’t feeling drained just yet.

“The club has been very clever in how it arranges the coaching, taking into account the number of games,” he added.

“I just want to play in every game though it does seem strange that part-time players have featured in as many, if not more matches than top flight teams in England.”

l ALL Carling Premiership fixtures will kick off at 1.30pm on Saturday, November 14, as the Northern Ireland v Serbia clash at Windsor Park begins at 5.30pm.

Cliftonville have already agreed to face Newry City on Sunday, November 15, at Solitude (2pm).

Linfield's home game with Lisburn Distillery has been brought forward to Tuesday, November 3, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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