Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

McDonald offers youthful Glens the chance to shine

Glentoran manager Alan McDonald will give youth the chance to stake their claim for first team place tonight as the Glens begin their County Antrim Shield challenge at home to Comber Rec.

McDonald has quite a sizeable squad to chose from already with Chris Morgan, Rory Hamill, Jason Hill, Sean Ward and BJ Menamin only making the bench for Saturday's 3-2 CIS Insurance Cup win over Larne.

Indeed there was a sprinkling of experience in the Seconds at the weekend, as Tim McCann and Elliott Morris played in the Wee Glens' victory over Islandmagee.

Both those players are expected to be in tonight's line-up with Morris making his first appearance of the season having suffered from a fractured jaw in a freak training ground accident in pre-season.

His place been more than adequately filled up to now by current custodian Michael Doughert, but now the former Northern Ireland under-21 goalkeeper will get the opportunity to put himself back in the forefront of McDonald's mind.

It's the younger players who will relish the chance more though and McDonald will not be afraid to throw them into more first team action if they show well tonight.

"It will be a completely different team [against Comber Rec] to the one that played against Larne on Saturday," said the Glentoran manager.

"I was disappointed by that performance and I told the players that in no uncertain terms.

"I also told them that there are young players who are banging on the door to get playing and if the more experienced players aren't doing it then I will bring them in.

"This is a good opportunity for them to show our fans, who may not have seen them play, what they can do."

Among the Oval starlets who may get the call are Johnathan Bowers, son of Glentoran legend Barney, and Ben Browne, whose brother Gary was at the Glens for two seasons before moving to Lisburn Distillery in the summer.

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