Donegal Celtic 0 Glentoran 3: Shane McCabe is set to seal his controversial £5,000 move to Portadown today.
The transfer-listed Glentoran midfielder, who moved to the Oval from Dungannon Swifts for £13,000 two-and-a-half years ago, infuriated Glens boss Scott Young a week ago when he revealed he would like the opportunity to talk to the Ports.
Shamrock Park boss Ronnie McFall was determined to take advantage of Glentoran’s financial concerns by getting his man on a free transfer but the east Belfast outfit demanded £10,000.
A deal will now be struck in the middle to stop McCabe becoming a Glens outcast, like team-mate Gary Hamilton — who continues to attract interest from Glenavon. The defiant Young left McCabe out of his squad for the 3-0 victory over 10-man Donegal Celtic on Saturday and insisted the Fermanagh GAA star has no future at the Oval.
“When Shane was put on the list it was made clear it was purely to do with him being a high earner and not his ability,” said Young.
“He always gave everything for the club and the supporters really took to him but it would be my hope that Shane would be gone before the transfer window shuts because he has no part to play for this club now.”
The Glens didn’t miss McCabe’s influence on Saturday as goals from Neal Gawley, — his first for the club — Daryl Fordyce’s seventh strike of the campaign and substitute Matty Burrows made sure of a routine success to move them back to the top of the Carling Premiership.
Young still wasn’t satisfied however and although he was pleased to come away with a third win in four games, he fired a shot across the bows of his squad.
“The win is all that matters but at 1-0 I think a few of my players thought the job was done and that’s not good enough.
“When we did play though, I thought our football was excellent.”
Hoops boss Marty Tabb was frustrated at two decisions by referee Arnie Hunter which he believed turned the fortunes of the contest after Mark Dickson had rattled the Glens crossbar at 1-0.
He added: “I am always disappointed to lose and I don’t like to blame referees but he made two unbelievable mistakes,” he said.
“We had a clear penalty claim and at the other end I am sure that would have been given. Then Declan O’Hara was foolish to pull Fordyce but he was going towards the corner flag and I just can’t see how that is a red card offence.”