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Get ready for real Glens say Millar and Leeman

By Stuart McKinley

Both Glentoran manager Paul Millar and captain Paul Leeman are determined that the real Glentoran will show up in this season's Setanta Sports Cup.

The Glens were last night drawn with Big Two rivals Linfield, Derry City and cup holders Drogheda in the group stages of the 2007 cross-border competition after also facing the Blues and the Candystripes last season.

Two season's ago Linfield and Glentoran were involved in a winner-takes-all final group game, with the Blues coming out on top to take their place in the final, in which they beat Shelbourne.

Earlier this year the Glens won just one match in the tournament with their biggest embarrassment coming in the final group game at Windsor Park, when they went down 6-0 to the rampant Blues.

Millar is determined, however, that his side will make a real challenge for a semi-final spot this time.

"We have never done ourselves justice in the Setanta Cup, in fact I would go as far as to say that we have under-performed in the competition," said Millar.

"I added players in the summer who not only brought us additional quality, but depth too and we will be much better prepared for the Setanta Cup when it starts in February.

"I took the job less than a week before our first game this year and wasn't really prepared for what we were going into.

"The injuries we had also meant we were down to the bare bones at times in the Setanta Cup.

"If we picked up a couple of injuries on the Saturday we were short of numbers for a Monday or Tuesday night game and we went to Windsor Park with players who were only half fit making up the bench.

"It won't be like that this time and although it is a tough group I think it is a brilliant group for the club, the players and the fans to look forward to."

One of those injured players from last season was Leeman. He missed more than half of the season with a dislocated shoulder, but is now back fully fit and raring to go in the cross-border competition.

"It was hard to sit out last season and have to watch so many big games, " said Leeman.

"The draw is similar to then, with Drogheda swapping places with Shelbourne in the only change and it is exciting for us.

"Everyone always looks forward to playing against Linfield and with Derry City too it is great. We want to do better than we have in the last couple of seasons too."

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