Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Glentoran will let their football do the talking

Glentoran skipper Paul Leeman says getting to a final would be the ideal way of making sure the club are making headlines for all the right reasons.

News surrounding the east Belfast side has been dominated by a possible plunge into administration over an unpaid tax bill, with a new grouping, ‘Spirit of 41’ meeting for the first time last night in a bid to come up with ideas to drag them out of this potentially disastrous financial mire.

On the pitch the players, to their credit, have been going about their business and haven’t let the off-field problems play a part in their own performances, exemplified by an excellent 5-1 success over Dungannon Swifts in the Co-operative Insurance Cup on Saturday.

Now, another knockout competition is at the forefront of their collective minds as they take on Crusaders in the semi-final of the Paddy Power Co Antrim Shield at Windsor Park tonight and as far as Leeman is concerned, the games can’t come quickly enough.

“Obviously everyone is concerned about what is going on,” admitted Leeman.

“I am concerned, as a player but first and foremost as a Glentoran supporter.

“Glentoran are a club with a proud history and tradition and it would be devastating if it were to reach the point where it would go to the wall.

“We are all hopeful that it won’t get anywhere near that stage and as players we have to go out and make sure we do what we are supposed to do. Scott (Young) has been making sure that we are focused on football and that has been what we are doing.

“We have a part to play as well because if the club is successful on the pitch then that helps matters.”

Leeman added: “What I will say is that we have a great bunch of players here at the minute.

“The squad might be small but the team spirit is great and everyone is looking out for each other.

“That helps because it makes sure there is a positive atmosphere around the place from a football point of view.

“We had a good win on Saturday which was important because we want to hold on to that cup and now we have a chance of reaching a final by winning tonight, and we are going into it in a positive frame of mind.”

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