Glentoran face Linfield at the Oval on Saturday in what is undoubtedly the tie of the round in the Tennents Irish Cup. The ‘Big Two’ have met twice in the Danske Bank Premiership already this season with both games being very tight affairs; a 2-1 win for the Blues back in early October (Gary Haveron’s first game in charge at the Oval) was followed by a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day.
The club is delighted to announce that Tre Sterling has rejoined the club after 2 years in full time football with Fleetwood Town.
Tre (17) joined the Glentoran Academy aged 11 and played his entire youth career at the club, winning numerous trophies and personal accolades. He captained Glentoran at all his age groups, represented Northern Ireland in the Victory Shield and at Under 17 and is a regular member of the current international Under 19 squad.
Guidance for supporters travelling to support the team in Detroit.
The club is pleased to confirm that Detroit City FC has been able to able to reserve a block of 50 rooms at the Motor City Hotel and Casino in Detroit for Glentoran supporters travelling for the match. The players and club officials will be staying in this hotel.
Glentoran Academy Under 13s will celebrate their unprecedented treble with the fans at our Irish Cup match against Linfield this Saturday.
Recently we told you that the Under 13s won the All Ireland Cup and the Board would invite the coaches and players to the Oval to show off their latest trophy as well as their NIBFA and Foyle Cup trophies.
The team will be on the pitch at 2.45pm on Saturday and we hope all Glenmen will give them a huge cheer in recognition of their success.
Gary Haveron made a few changes to the side following last Saturday's disappointing 2-2 draw against Dungannon Swifts at the Oval. For Tuesday night's game against basement side, Portadown, James Ferrin moved to right back with skipper Stephen McAlorum, making his 150th appearance for Glentoran, returning to the centre of midfield. Nacho Novo also started up front with Curtis Allen in a more positive looking starting line up. Marcus Kane was also back in the squad following a long injury lay off, taking one of the positions on the bench.
We would like to remind all supporters that next week's Irish Cup tie against Linfield is all ticket. Adult tickets for both the grandstand and terracing have been distributed to all our ticket outlets. Concession tickets are only available at the Superstore with a small number remaining. These can be bought at the Superstore on Thursday evening, however opening times may change therefore please keep an eye on the website for up to date information. As this is a cup tie, season tickets are NOT valid.
Glentoran produced a lacklustre end to a disappointing year as they threw away a two goal lead at home to Dungannon Swifts on New Year’s Eve. Two second half strikes from Andy Mitchell ensured the home crowd left frustrated after witnessing their side fail to convert a two goal lead for the second home game in a row. Glens’ boss Gary Haveron was forced into 3 changes from the side that drew with Linfield on Boxing Day with Tiernan McAuley, James Ferrin and Ciaran Caldwell replacing Calum Birney, Eric Foley and the suspended Stephen McAlorum.
Glentoran Belfast United U15s were grateful to receive their new kits today which have been kindly sponsored by Clip 'n Climb in Dundonald. The girls from the under 15 team and girls from the academy enjoyed a day out at Clip 'n Climb on Friday 30th December.
The under 15 team are playing in the South Belfast Girls League this year and to date have shown the range of talent within the ladies section of our club. The girls continue their matches in January after a break in the league to compete in the Futsal competition.
Saturday will see us draw the winner of our Car Ballot and one lucky person will be the owner of a brand new Hyundai i10 supplied by Charles Hurst Hyundai Dundonald.