Glens kids will show their class: McAlorum
Published 16/08/2014 | 11:00
Stephen McAlorum believes the Glentoran kids will win admirers this season.
Eddie Patterson's side were handed a nightmare start to the campaign with a trip to Cliftonville and a home date with Linfield.
But the youthful squad shut out the champions in a stalemate at Solitude and only a last gasp winner from Aaron Burns prevented them from pocketing a point against the Blues in midweek.
It was a heartbreaking finish for the Glens who will feel they should have closed the game out after a David Scullion brace placed them in the driving seat, but Warren Feeney's men deserve credit for staging a spirited fightback.
One major concern on Mersey Street is the fitness of keeper Elliott Morris.
The shot-stopper is nursing a back injury and Patterson revealed after the game that sometimes painkillers are not enough to rectify the problem.
Losing their skipper for a prolonged spell would be a disaster and place more responsibility on the experienced players in the dressing room such as former Donegal Celtic midfielder McAlorum. But the player who provided an assist for Scullion's first goal at the Oval says the Oval kids will surprise a few people this season.
"We've had David Howland coming back from injury and with myself, Curtis Allen, Marcus Kane and Elliott (Morris) in the team there is still plenty of experience," said McAlorum. "Fra McCaffrey is also a big talent for us so we have a decent squad.
"The young players will get better with experience.
"I felt the defeat to Linfield was very cruel but the boys will learn from it and there is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves.
"We'll just dust ourselves down and get back at it for Warrenpoint. Hopefully we can get the first win of the season under our belts.
"Linfield will be a good side this year. Warren has made some good signings and they will believe they can challenge Cliftonville.
"They showed that in Europe and it's not very often you can say a Linfield team is a bad side.
"No-one had big expectations of Glentoran setting the league on fire this season so hopefully we can slip under the radar and do well."
Glentoran's achilles heel has been their home form and a failure to defeat Warrenpoint Town today would see those concerns resurface.
"We need to sort it out," added McAlorum.
"It would be nice to see the Oval being a fortress again. Not many teams had much joy there over the years but last season our form wasn't good enough."