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Glentoran U17’S 1-2 Linfield

Last Friday evening I had the privilege to attend an under 17 fixture between Linfield & Glentoran that was played at Seaview, home to Crusaders Football Club on the Shore Road. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the under 17’s manager Mr Michael Morrow for the kind invite initially extended to attend the game in the first place. I must confess that I would have possessed no knowledge whatsoever that this game was due to take place had Mr Morrow not got in contact. Indeed, Mr Morrow alongside his excellent coaches – consisting of Mr Mark Porter, Mr Stuart Gallagher and of course the goalkeeping coach Mr Richard Gunning -whose company I have had the pleasure of being in on several previous occasions – are clearly doing a tremendous job with these promising young fellows, hopefully spearheading them along the righteous path that will eventually lead toward first team duties. Sometimes, we at Glentoran tend to overlook the invaluable contribution that these men make – this, of course, is never done intentionally – but whilst we are quick of the mark to heap praise upon first & second team management for ‘the final breakthrough’ as a young promising individual makes his senior debut, the men whom nurtured him in those very early stages seldom receive the recognition that they should. We are all Guilty of this neglectfulness – myself included. Getting back to events that unfolded at Seaview though on Friday evening – by gum, I can think of no better a way to spend a normally dull dreary Friday evening than being immensely entertained by a tremendous troop of young Glentoran players whom treated us all to real rip-roaring affair, a real roller-coaster of a game from the beginning right to the very end. Superb stuff, Gentlemen! This first half commenced in the typical way that most ‘Big-two’ games are not just expected to but more or less almost demanded nowadays – fast flowing, end to end, not an inch given by either side! However, it happened to be ourselves that threw the cat in amongst the pigeons whereas a highly productive young lad called Jordan Arbuthnot – affectionately better known as ‘Chucky’, I am led to believe – commandeered a deft little touch on the right of the pitch that singled out his colleague, Josh Tipping – in close proximity, almost running likewise in tandem – Josh struck the ball with a... read more

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