Watch: Ronnie McFall's old school identity is helping Glentoran get results, says McDaid
Glentoran 5-0 Warrenpoint
Glentoran's hat-trick hero Robbie McDaid says it's an 'honour' to play under the stewardship of a man he recognises as an 'Irish League legend'.
Ronnie McFall has guided the Glens to two successive league victories since taking charge of the Oval club until the end of the season.
That's a feat they only managed once in 2016 and once in 2017.
The second of the latest pair of victories was a 5-0 trouncing of Warrenpoint Town. That was the first time the club have netted five since January 2017 and marked a second successive Premiership clean sheet for the first time since October 2015.
McDaid took the plaudits, netting his first senior hat-trick to better Curtis Allen's brace.
“We’re obviously delighted, it's good to get on the score-sheet and to get three is brilliant. It's three points on the board and that's the main thing,” he said.
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All three of McDaid's strikes were eye-catching, a blaster in off a bar and a delicious lob all capped off by a solo run and cool finish.
He reflected: "The first one, I've taken a touch inside. I saw the keeper coming and from a narrow angle, I thought I'm going to have to smash this put it high and stun the keeper. Thankfully it's gone in off the crossbar.
"I could have had four or five tonight if I had been clinical enough. They were all good goals. I'm just delighted to get the hat-trick."
As for playing under McFall, McDaid says he knew what to expect from the boss, who also managed the striker's father John McDaid in the early 1980s.
“He came in and told us we still have a lot to play for this season," McDaid said. "We've started well, two wins on the bounce and a couple of goals. Things are turning.
"My dad’s always spoken really highly of Ronnie and with Ross as well being his nephew, he's spoken highly of him too. He's a legend of the Irish League so it’s a pleasure to play for him.”
So has McFall changed much to cause that turn?
"Maybe, maybe not," pondered McDaid. "He's just made it black and white for everybody. He's made everybody's jobs very evident and made it clear what he wants from each player. At the minute we're all reacting and that's the main thing.
“Everyone knows what we are supposed to do as a team and what each player is supposed to do.
"I enjoy training. He's got his own way of doing things. Every manager needs an identity. It's old school but it's getting results at the minute so all's good."
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