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Hill is happy to fight for his place

CIS Insurance Cup

By Chris Holt

Glentoran travel to Larne today (kick off 2.00pm) with their path into the quarter finals of the CIS Insurance Cup already secured.

However, if you believe that means they don't have anything to play for, then think again.

For a start, the east-Belfast men are the only top flight team with a 100 per cent record - a statistic they will battle to hold onto for dear life.

The Premier league season begins in a couple of weeks and going into that with six CIS Cup wins from six outings will provide the perfect base to mount a serious title challenge.

Places are up for grabs too when the real deal kicks-off and there are a number of players waiting in the wings, hoping to press forward their claims.

One player at least will get a chance to impress today as attacking midfielder Daryl Fordyce misses the trip to Inver Park after taking part in last night's under 21 qualifying clash with Germany at Mourneview Park.

The former Portsmouth trainee, who has been an ever-present since moving to the Oval in the summer, remains on international duty as Northern Ireland travel to Luxembourg for the second of their double header.

That means there will be a fight to plug the gap with the likes of Rory Hamill, Ryan Berry and Dean Fitzgerald and Jason Hill who both scored from the bench in last Saturday's late win over Lisburn Distillery, all well in the frame.

Competition is fierce, but Hill, whose versatility gives him an edge over some players, insists that can only be a good thing.

"This season we have a lot of quality in the squad," he said. "We thought we had a big squad last year, but when injuries and suspensions hit us we were really struggling to put out a team.

"This year we have two players for every position and from the goalkeepers up to the strikers, everyone has to be on top of their game.

"There are very good players waiting on the fringes and it's good to have that pressure."

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