Disciplined Crumlin Star can upset Glentoran, insists familiar foe
Crumlin Star boss Paul Trainor is looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces at The Oval tonight, but he hopes the Glentoran fans aren't smiling for long.
Trainor was part of Eddie Patterson's management team that masterminded the Irish Cup successes in 2013 and 2015, and he also recently attended the 50th anniversary dinner for the Detroit Cougars, representing his late father Danny who was a member of that squad.
But tonight he will be more foe than friend as his Crumlin Star side from the Northern Amateur League look to spring a surprise in the Toals County Antrim Shield.
"Things are going well for us, we've played eight games and remain unbeaten," said Trainor. "There's a lot of cup competitions but this is a bit of glamour for us and it's a big night for the boys, playing against Glentoran at The Oval.
"These are the games you want even though it's a big ask for the team. Glentoran are doing really well this season and Gary (Haveron) has got them going. This is a nice reward for us after we got to the semi-finals of the Steel and Sons Cup against Linfield Swifts but lost 3-2 after being 2-0 ahead.
"But we are an Amateur League side against the mighty Glens, so we plan to go there and enjoy it, we won't park the bus but we won't throw everything at them either, we will be disciplined and keep a good shape.
"Judging by the reports, the Glens gave Linfield a good test but we have a game on Friday against Newington at Solitude in the last 16 of the Steel Cup which is more important because we aren't going to win the Shield.
"Obviously with my past I've a strong affinity with Glentoran and the two Irish Cup wins were special achievements. t will be nice to see a few familiar faces but we are nobody's fools.
"There' are good coaches, players and teams in the Amateur League, hopefully we can show that against Glentoran. Eddie Patterson has been watching us and he will back up what I am saying.
"The Glens are looking good but we aren't used to getting beat either. The pitch will suit us and it should be a great occasion. We want to be playing competitive games against sides like Glentoran more often. I know East Belfast beat the Glens in pre-season but that's irrelevant, they are certainly up and running now."