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Glenn Ferguson to give Sky Blues starlets a chance to shine

Published 12/08/2015

Matthew Shevlin
Matthew Shevlin

Glenn Ferguson left his players in no doubt as to his feelings after Saturday's dismal opening day display against Linfield.

And several could find themselves as onlookers tonight as the Sky Blues look to get off the mark when they host Glenavon.

Jim Ervin is suspended after his red card on Saturday while there are injury concerns over Johnny Taylor, Gary Thompson and Neal Gawley.

It could open the door for 16-year-old striker Matthew Shevlin, one of the stars of the Co Antrim Milk Cup champions squad, to net a place in the panel.

"Some of the players didn't do themselves justice or play as well as they should have played, so there are some young lads in the squad and they're going to get their chance," said Ferguson.

"We've had good reports from the Reserves game as they beat Linfield Swifts 3-0 and Matthew Shevlin has got another two goals and we're struggling for goals so there's a chance he could well be involved on Wednesday night.

"I've done it before and there might be more than Matthew. We need to make changes, if we keep playing the same players and they don't learn from their mistakes, then they don't play.

"We've had the nucleus of the squad for a long time and we keep making the same mistakes so we're going to have to make decisions to take the club forward.

"Glenavon are going to be tough and they will be looking to bounce back and get points on the board and it won't be easy."

Indeed, last season the Mourneview men won all three league encounters against the Sky Blues.

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