Young’s drive for Glentoran to continue looking forward
History is something that Glentoran fans cling onto, arguably more than any other local club’s following.
But there are two results relating to tomorrow’s latest league fixture, each of them quite similar, that manager Scott Young believes have been banished and should be forgotten about completely.
The first is very much fresh in the memory as it arrived just last week when the east Belfast men rolled up at New Grosvenor and inflicted a 6-1 battering on a defensively lightweight Lisburn Distillery side.
The other regards tomorrow’s opponents, Coleraine, whom on their last visit to the Oval dished out a hammering of their own in an amazing 6-0 victory, which set the wheels in motion for Alan McDonald’s departure from the managerial hotseat and ultimately led to Young taking over.
The reasons for Young’s dismissal of each result as an important aspect of tomorrow’s game are different.
As far as their impressive success last weekend goes, the boss firmly believes that his side must not rest on their laurels, with the ‘one swallow doesn’t make a summer’ adage more than prevalent in this thinking.
And just to ensure his players were kept on their toes, the no-nonsense Scotsman dished out a fine on Monday, though he wouldn’t elaborate on the reason behind hitting his men in the pocket.
“The players are being kept grounded,” he said. “The players were all fined on Monday night in training for a certain wee instance that I won’t go into but that brought them straight back down to earth again.
“We won’t be getting carried away because we played Distillery last year (on the opening day) and won 4-0 and look at how that season turned out.
“But what I will say is that the players at the football club are working very, very hard and we
need to keep doing that. That’s the bottom line, the key phrase is working hard.”
As far as the battering by the Bannsiders goes, Young feels that there has been more than enough proverbial water under the bridge since then for him to be wary of a repeat, even if many supporters will still remember the pain that they felt when they walked out of the Oval that night in November.
“Well they played Coleraine in the League Cup final and they won, so that I suppose will have helped them forget it,” said Young.
“What happened last year wasn’t good enough.
“We will treat Coleraine with the same respect as we treat every single team that we play. We are taking things one step at a time and each game, which just happens to be Coleraine.”
He added: “Circumstances change, one minute you can have a good result, next minute you can have a bad result.
“As a player you can have a good performance and you are on top of the world and the next minute you don’t play well and that is football. What happened last year is history and is confined to the history books. All we are interested in is this season and our next game which is Coleraine.”
Meanwhile, the Glens have been given a boost by the news that skipper Paul Leeman is just weeks away from a return from serious injury.
The defender suffered a hairline fracture to his left tibia in a Setanta Sports Cup clash with Bohemians in Dublin in March and has been unable to play since.
However, Leeman hopes to get a reserve game under his belt in a couple of weeks before making himself available for selection.