Waterworth to rock Derry on his debut
New Glentoran striker Andrew Waterworth will make his first appearance in a Glens shirt at the Brandywell tonight when the east Belfast men travel to take on Derry City in the Setanta Sports Cup (7.45).
Waterworth turned down City and his new club’s Big Two rivals Linfield by putting pen to paper on a three year deal at the Oval on Saturday – moving from Hamilton for an undisclosed fee.
Now the Northern Ireland under 21 international will get an early chance to show Derry boss Stephen Kenny what he is missing out on.
Glentoran manager Alan McDonald could have been given a selection headache ahead of the game as both of his strikers, Gary Hamilton and Michael Halliday were impressive in Saturday’s 2-1 JJB Sports Premiership win over Cliftonville.
However, Hamilton picked up an injury towards the end and will be out for at least a week, meaning that Waterworth is likely to slot right in alongside Halliday as the Glens aim to register their first win in this Setanta Sports Cup campaign.
“I want to be playing in big games in front of big crowds at the likes of Derry and Windsor Park and I can’t wait to go out there and play for Glentoran,” he said.
“I want to play in the Setanta Cup, Irish Cup finals, Big Two derbies - there are so many big games to play in when you are at a club like Glentoran. I am really looking forward to playing because it’s been difficult sitting on the bench at Hamilton or not playing at all and it’s made me even more determined to show what I can do.”
An inexperienced Glentoran side drew 1-1 with City at the Oval in April but a much stronger team will make the trip to the north west tonight.
Elsewhere, Linfield could give a debut to one of their new boys, Paul Munster tonight when they host eircom League, European heroes St Pat’s at Windsor Park.
Blues boss Davy Jeffrey added former Hearts winger Michael O’Connor to his squad as the transfer window closed last night though he wasn’t signed in time to make an appearance.
Leaving Windsor though was Conor Downey who returned to Cliftonville after 18 months at the Blues.