United front too familiar for Hill and Glentoran
Published 04/11/2008 | 00:00
Jason Hill admits that Glentoran and Ballymena United are sick of the sight of each other as they prepare for their fifth meeting of the season - but there's no doubt who has been left the worst off.
So far Glentoran have won three out of four — the other was a draw in the Irish FA Premiership — with Alan McDonald's men racking up 14 goals against the Braidmen to date.
The Oval clash is the second- leg of their Co-operative Insurance Cup third round tie, with Glentoran taking a 3-1 lead into the game.
"To be honest I think that is one of the worst things about the Irish League, the amount of times you play each other," Hill admitted.
"It happened last year with us and Distillery and now it's Ballymena. To be honest we're probably sick of the sight of each other.
"We did alright in the first games against them, but then drew up at Ballymena, so they know they're capable of getting something against us."
Hill is hoping to get a place in the Glens line-up tonight after missing Saturday's Setanta Sports Cup final defeat to Cork City through suspension.
Ominously for Ballymena Hill revealed that the Glens are keen to get their final disappointment out of their system this evening.
"All the boys did well on Saturday night, although I do think the best team won the game,” he said.
"It would have been a bonus to win the trophy, but we can't let it affect our domestic form and what we're trying to do here.
"Alan McDonald has always said our most important game is
our next one and he proved that by putting out a strong squad for the first-leg of this round last week, just a few days before the Setanta final.
"I would obviously like to get back into the team after missing out on Saturday, but it'll be up to the gaffer who plays."
The Glentoran defender is adamant that complacency won't be a problem, despite going into the game, already two goals to the good after the first leg at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
"We definitely won't be taking anything for granted against Ballymena," he warned.
"We won 3-1 and that will go down as a good result at Ballymena, I feel they're a team in the wrong position in the league.
"They just hadn't clicked yet and they went to Solitude at the weekend and got a good draw. They've also got some good players there like Kevin Kelbie and midfielders who can chip in with goals too.
"The first goal could be vital and we'll be hoping that we can go out and get it.”