CHAMPIONSHIP TWO: Cairns looking for ‘big performance’ on Saturday

HE'S THE MAN. Manager of Glebe Rangers FC, Peter Cairns (right), pictured presenting the Manager's Player of the Year award to Peter Kennoway who was accepting it on behalf of winner, Johnny Rice.INBM24-12 108SC.
HE'S THE MAN. Manager of Glebe Rangers FC, Peter Cairns (right), pictured presenting the Manager's Player of the Year award to Peter Kennoway who was accepting it on behalf of winner, Johnny Rice.INBM24-12 108SC.

GLEBE boss Peter Cairns could say very little about side’s 4-0 defeat on Saturday.

Lurgan Celtic were 3-0 up at the break, add to that a sending off for Glebe’s keeper, Brian Kane, and it was a bad day all round for the Ballymoney men.

“It wasn’t a case of us playing bad, we just defended poorly,” admitted Cairns.

“Lurgan Celtic had three chances in the first half and they went in 3-0 up at the break - that’s just how it was.”

Glebe started the tie well and could have been 2-0 up after good efforts by Kenoway were saved by the visiting keeper.

Lurgan Celtic grabbed the first goal of the game on ten minutes from a corner. Their second goal came soon after, when a long ball was not intercepted by the Glebe defence.

Celtic nicked a third before the break, as Glebe battled to get hold of the tie.

“The game was over at half time.

“It was a case of playing for pride in the second half,” said Cairns.

“They had a lot of pace up front, and that seemed to knock us a little.

“Brian [Kane] was sent off, Tommy Elder took the gloves and saved the resulting penalty, but in the last minutes of the game they scored a fourth,” explained Cairns.

Glebe entertain Portstewart this Saturday, in a game that the Glebe boss is expecting to be a tough tie.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to put things right. We need a big performance, however we will be without Brian Kane.

“There are a few former Glebe players at Portstewart, so I have no doubt that they will be up for this tie.”