Scott Young pulled no punches as he surveyed the wreckage of Glentoran's Irish Cup dreams following Linfield's 3-1 win at the Oval yesterday.
The Glens' new boss watched as his side capitulated at home to their loathed rivals and was left fuming at what he perceived as a lack of bottle from his players — including goalkeeper Elliott Morris, whose two first-half howlers handed the Blues a commanding lead at the interval.
“The goalkeeper should have dealt with it better,” said Young of the first goal and, on the next, rapped, “and what he was doing for the second ...?”
Goals from Robert Garrett, Philip Lowry and Jamie Mulgrew ensured the Blues were the first team through to the competition's last four, where they will face the eventual winner of the Newry/ Larne/ Loughgall/ Coleraine conundrum.
Crusaders and Portadown drew 1-1 and will lock horns in a Tuesday-night replay to determine who progresses to face either Glenavon or Ballymena Unitedfollowing their thrilling 3-3 draw at Mourneview Park yesterday.
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