Glentoran 5 Donegal Celtic 0
The contrast between Glentoran and Donegal Celtic on the pitch couldn’t have been more stark.
And with January just around the corner the rival managers are on opposite ends of the scale as far as wheeling and dealing during the transfer window is concerned too.
While DC boss Pat McAllister is desperate to splash whatever cash he can get his hands on, for Eddie Patterson the pot is empty and he is anticipating the New Year sales will leave the Oval behind.
That’s not all bad news though. The squad that Patterson has at his disposal is in fine shape and although Donegal Celtic didn’t put up much of a fight against the Glens on Saturday, the 5-0 scoreline didn’t flatter the Glens one iota and they could have hit double figures.
“Unless we can get someone out the door I don’t envisage doing any business in January,” said Patterson.
“At this moment in time there is nobody really available out there — although that may change.
“I hear Ballymena have signed a few, Linfield are talking about signing a few, but my hands are tied because of the financial situation.
“Unless people decide that they want to go that’ll probably come down to player exchanges.”
It wasn’t just the number of goals that Glentoran scored that was impressive, they quality of their finished was eye catching too.
As was Sean Ward’s 50-yard pass to Andy Waterworth in the build-up to the volleyed opener from Richard Clarke|(pictured).
Jimmy Callacher headed home the second before the break and then Mark Clarke and Stephen Carson struck inside a minute to double the lead in the second half.
Mark Miskimmin’s missed penalty made matters worse for DC, as did Waterworth’s spot kick, which completed the rout a minute from time.
“There will be big changes in January, of that there is no doubt,” said McAllister.
“We can’t keep relying on Distillery slipping up week in, week out and the only positive I am taking out of this is that it is January 1 soon.
“I have been working hard over the last few days and not just that, I have said since I came in that I want players with character.
“I was probably bluffing if I thought we could come here and get something, because I don’t think they are mentally strong enough to get a result at the Oval. I want players with fight and hunger every week and I don’t have that,” he added.