Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Halliday hoping for dull end to title drama

Michael Halliday has carved out a niche in Glentoran’s history for scoring hugely important goals.

Even this season, he proved to be the scourge of Linfield when a last minute header secured what turned out to be a precious point on Good Friday, which kept the Glens on top and where they currently still sit.

But despite being the star of many a late, late show, the striker is hoping for a little less drama when he and his team mates take to the field today, bidding to become league champions.

“I’ll be quite happy with a nice lead at half-time, thank you very much,” said Halliday, who also has a habit of scoring against today’s opponents Cliftonville.

“If it goes right down to the last kick of the game for us to win it, then so be it, but I would much prefer that we get things sorted out a little earlier than that.

“It’s going to be a difficult game, obviously, because it always is against Cliftonville and I think we have to get going right from the very start.

“There are probably going to be a few nerves flying around on and off the pitch so a nice early goal would settle us and then hopefully we can start to enjoy it, but we will have to battle first and really push from the first kick.

“You find in these games that the longer they go on without a goal then the nerves creep in more and more and so it’s up to us to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Halliday admits he would obviously love to score the goal that took the Gibson Cup back to the Oval after a three-year stint across town at Windsor Park.

However, it comes as no surprise to hear him say that it doesn’t matter who scores — as long as someone does.

“These are the games that every player wants to play in and you do sometimes think about what it would be like to score,” he added.

“As happy as I would be to score on the day, I really don’t care who does it. As long as we win the match I will be delighted.”

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