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Murray sin-binned by Glentoran following Irish Cup tie no-show

Darren Murray
Darren Murray

By Alex Mills

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott has sin-binned striker Darren Murray after he failed to report for last week's Irish Cup tie with Portadown.

The 29-year-old was summoned to a meeting with McDermott and the club's disciplinary committee on Thursday night which resulted in the former Portadown and Cliftonville man being made 'unavailable for first team selection' until an internal investigation has been completed.

Murray was adamant that he had informed the club that he would be in Liverpool on the same date as the fifth round Irish Cup tie. But McDermott, his staff or club officials, have no recollection of such an arrangement.

"We have spoken to Darren but at the minute there are ongoing disciplinary procedures to adhere to," said McDermott. "We will speak again, possibly next week, and Darren will be given the opportunity to discuss the circumstances around his unavailability last week.

"Until the disciplinary proceeding are brought to a conclusion, Darren will not be available to play first team games."

It means Murray will not be involved today when the Glens face another of his former clubs, Warrenpoint Town, in a crucial League game at the Oval.

There may be a whopping 34 points separating the teams in the Danske Bank Premiership table, but McDermott believes last weekend's nail-biting penalty kick shoot-out win against Portadown will help keep his boys focused.

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The east Belfast side approach the game as hot favourites, having extended their unbeaten run to an impressive 13 games and, like Linfield and Coleraine, they are only three points adrift of Cliftonville, who sit at the summit on 50 points from 23 starts.

In contrast, Barry Gray's Warrenpoint Town remain firmly rooted at the bottom - they've managed to amass a mere 13 points from 24 games.

Even though Gray boosted his squad this week by bringing in defender Colm Deasy from Finn Harps and Bohemians striker Ryan Swan, Glentoran are aware it's crucial to pocket three points to keep their title challenge on the boil.

"It's going to be something similar to last week's game against Portadown," added McDermott. "Warrenpoint will be buoyed by their cup win (against the PSNI) last week.

"They will be hard to break down and will want to hurt us on the break. We know what to expect."

• Former Linfield striker Daryl Fordyce has left Sligo Rovers and returned to Canada where he is joining Valour FC while Ards have signed Cai Gemmell and Sam Dinu from Linfield.

Craig Harris has left Ards and rejoined H&W Welders.

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