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Glentoran's McFall urges Glens to play with pride

 

Boiling point: Players clashed at the Oval earlier this month
Boiling point: Players clashed at the Oval earlier this month

By Graham Luney

It's the wounded lion against the resurgent tiger when Premiership champions visit Glentoran today.

The Glens are still reeling from their 4-0 Boxing Day hammering at Linfield while the Crues thumped rivals Cliftonville 5-1 at Solitude.

When these sides clashed at the Oval earlier this month, both camps blasted the performance of Latvian referee Andris Treimanis in the 2-2 draw after he sent off three players.

Treimanis, who was doing the game as part of an IFA exchange scheme, dismissed Crusaders defender Kyle Owens for two yellow card offences.

Then, when a mass brawl developed, Rory Patterson of Crusaders and Glentoran's John McGuigan were also dismissed. The melee came after a tackle by Glens' Marcus Kane on Paul Heatley.

This time, Irvinestown official Tim Marshall will take charge of the game as both sides aim to steer clear of negative headlines.

The Glens, in particular, are badly in need of a lift with boss Ronnie McFall saying: "I said after the match that the players have got to take pride in wearing the jerseys and show that they are good enough to wear the red, green and black.

"In the past few weeks too many of them have failed to show that.

"Most of them will be here until the end of the season so they've still got a chance to prove me and many of the supporters wrong.

"But time is running out so they need to start tomorrow and keep it going for all of our remaining matches."

If he plays today it will be Willie Garrett's 100th first team appearance for the Glens.

The Belfast rivals will be reunited at Seaview next Saturday in the Tennent's Irish Cup fifth round.

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