It was a week of mixed fortunes for Glebe Rangers in cup competitions. First up was the Wasp Solutions League Cup and a home tie against Lurgan Celtic.
With Manager Peter Cairns unavailable his assistant Robert McCaw took over the reins on Tuesday 12th August, leading the lads to a 4-1 win which secured a tasty tie away to Crusaders on Monday 25th August. “The 4-0 defeat by Moyola on the previous Friday was a bit of a shock and there were a lot of players down in the dumps,” explained McCaw. “There had been a lot of hype around the club and to lose the first game of the season left everyone feeling really low.
“Peter Kennoway scored the first before Lurgan Celtic equalised. Kennoway then got a header from a free kick to put us 2-1 up two minutes from half time, so we went in to the interval with a bit of a boost.
“From the start of the second half they came out all guns blazing and played a lot of good football. We did well and kept our shape and were very solid in defence. Then when they were on top we broke through to score when Aaron Wilkinson scored a spectacular overhead kick to put us 3-1 up. There were a few substitutions made and we went on to score our fourth through David McVicker, he chipped the keeper from 30 yards to totally finish them off. It was a good result and great to get into the next round of that competition.
“We got Crusaders away which is a brilliant tie but we would really have loved to have had the home draw. The boys are looking forward to the game which is next Monday night (25th August), they will be going there to give it a go and you never know what happens in a cup competition.”
With only a few days between fixtures the Glebe were back in cup action on Saturday in the Steele & Sons Cup against Garth Scates’ Bangor. Cairns’ Assistant Robert McCaw commented: “Saturday’s game was always going to be hard. Bangor are a Championship 1 side with quite a few very experienced players like Richard Gibson and Colin Nixon.
“The first half we were really up against it and they took the lead just before half time, Gibson scored a spectacular volley from about 40 yards. In the second half we gave ourselves hope and we were very much in the game. Then they got a free kick 10 minutes inside the second half and Nixon put it in the back of the net. After that we had a man sent off and they used their experience and the extra man to play it wide and they made it very difficult for us. We’ve now put Saturday’s result behind us and are totally focussed on tonight’s (Tuesday) game against Newington (7.45pm kick-off). It’s back to league action and a chance to get points on the board. We want to do well.”