Belfast Telegraph

Glendinning targeting Sky Blue joy after Irish Cup woe

By Graham Luney

Ross Glendinning has admitted that being frozen out of Linfield's Irish Cup Final team did leave a sore wound but it's not the reason why he's trying to make a big impression with Ballymena United.

Blues boss David Healy turned to youngster Gareth Deane for the showpiece final in May but he couldn't shut out Glenavon who triumphed 2-0.

"In all of my football career what happened when I was left out of the Irish Cup Final hurt me the most and as I had played the vast majority of the season and I felt it was unfair," said Glendinning.

"I didn't understand that decision but the loan move to Ballymena United was not a direct result of that experience.

"With Roy (Carroll) coming in he was always going to play and do well so the time was right to play somewhere else. I want to play rather than stand around in my tracksuit and train."

The 23-year-old is enjoying working with David Jeffrey again as the Sky Blues flex their muscles in the top three.

"I think the boys have surprised many people and we should be targeting a place in the top four this season or even a place in Europe," he added.

"The league title will be a two-horse race between Linfield and Crusaders but we want to maintain our momentum and I don't think any side looks forward to playing against us."

Glendinning could be back between the sticks for United today at home to Carrick Rangers as Alan Blayney is doubtful with a knee injury.

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