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More success now our big goal: Berry

Teenage ace helps land Shield glory

By Chris Holt

Published 31/10/2007

Glentoran skipper Paul Leeman keeps a firm grip on the County Antrim Shield after his side's 2-1 victory over Crusaders
Glentoran skipper Paul Leeman keeps a firm grip on the County Antrim Shield after his side's 2-1 victory over Crusaders

Glebtoran's Co Antrim Shield hero Ryan Berry has promised to fire the Glens to more success after his goal sent the first piece of silverware of the season to the Oval last night.

David Scullion had put the Glens in front against Crusaders before Berry struck brilliantly with what turned out to be the winning goal - his first of the season and only the second of his senior career - as the east Belfast men finished up 2-1 victors over the Crues.

The 18-year-old described the moment as a dream come true, coming as it did in his first start in a final.

It had been a difficult beginning to the campaign for Berry, who faced the wrath of his boss Alan McDonald having gone on holiday during pre-season, but over the past few weeks he has begun to show the type of form that singled him out as one of the brightest prospects in local football last year.

McDonald said: "I am delighted for RB (Berry). He has been in and out of the team so far this season - some of it his own fault - but over the past three games he has been fantastic and I am so pleased he got what turned out to be the winning goal."

Now Berry has vowed to find the net more often having registered a very modest return so far in his fledgling career ? his only other goal coming, ironically, against Crusaders last season.

"It's about time I chipped in with more goals," he said. " It's a part of my game that I know I have to work on and it is something that I want to do more often.

"It is good to take the pressure off the other boys like Gary Hamilton, Michael Halliday and get forward myself.

"I am just delighted. The boys have been giving me a bit of stick about it but to score what was the winning goal is just what dreams are made of.

"As soon as the ball came out to me I just wanted to get my head over it and hit it as well as I could.

"It was pretty similar to the one I scored last season against them ? it went through a crowd of players and luckily for me it went in.

"Hopefully it will be the first of many for me now. I don't want to set any targets as to how many goals I am going to score but I am working on it ? two goals from 60-odd first team appearances isn't good enough so I am hoping for more."

That setback at the beginning of the season is now in the past and Berry is concentrating on making sure he holds onto his place in a side where competition for places is hotting up.

"The manager just told me to get my head down and work hard to get back in the team," he added. "I got my chance and it is up to me to make sure that I hold onto my place.

"I know that I have to keep playing at my best if I want to do that because there is a lot of quality in this squad and if I don't play well there is someone ready to take my place."

Belfast Telegraph

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