Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Portadown star McCabe ready for Burrows threat

Shane McCabe acknowledges that his former team-mate Matty Burrows will need to be watched like a hawk tomorrow.

FIFA Ballon d'Or goal of the year contender Burrows has been the scourge of the Ports this season, grabbing the winner on two occasions including that scrappy effort at the Oval which earned him global acclaim.

Another stunning back-heeled volley is about as likely as the water crisis being resolved today but McCabe knows the former Dundela man has the power to sink Ronnie McFall’s side once again in east Belfast.

“Matty certainly likes playing against us and his strike at the Oval was outrageous,” said McCabe, who failed to see eye to eye with Glens boss Scott Young as he left the Oval. “I had just come off at that stage with a groin injury so I could have stopped him!

“It was a poor cross from Johnny Black so he did well to get a nice touch on it! ESPN voted it the Goal of the Year so the omens are good as he goes for the FIFA award.

“It’s great publicity for the Irish League but I think we all knew that Matty was a smashing young player who could score a lot of goals. The one he scored against us has taken him to another level though.”

The Shamrock Park men, who were denied another festive win over Glenavon when Gary Hamilton conjured up a late equaliser on Monday, need a strong second half of the season to make up for their dismal opening.