Glebe Rangers boss Jason Wilmont enjoyed his birthday celebrations at the weekend after a greatly improved team performance.
Wilmont has always said the talent and ability were there within his squad.
“We went one up five or ten minutes into the second half and we totally dominated the game from start to finish,” said Jason.
“It was probably our best performance since I took over and we should probably have won the game because we missed a lot of chances. However, we are creating them which is the main thing.
“It was unbelievable the change, we really looked solid. For the last few weeks the boys haven’t been playing up to their standard but on Saturday they showed exactly what they could do and everyone played to the best of their ability.
“Our discipline was excellent. Newington are the sort of team who get in your face and niggle away at you but the lads kept their cool and I was impressed with that.
“Newington only had about three chances throughout the game and scored from one of those so it was disappointing to dominate 80 minutes of the match and not take all three points, however, I was greatly encouraged with the massive step up in performance from everyone.
“With Brian Kane out long term injured and Gregg Shannon unavailable, Chris McKendry pulled on the number 1 jersey for the Glebe.
“Chris stepped in because Gregg was away for the weekend and in fact he was hurt, had a groin injury and couldn’t kick but in fairness he didn’t have too much to do because we controlled the game.
“Having played a friendly on Monday to give some of the Reserves and new signings match time, Tom Denton was brought on for a run out against Newington on Saturday.
“I brought Tom on with five minutes to go and he did well. He looks like a decent player and will be a very useful addition to the squad. Josh Hannaford was unavailable and will be back for Saturday’s derby.
“He will come in along with Peter Kennoway who is back from suspension although we won’t have Jackie Morrison. Jackie is going to coach in America and has his final assessment on Saturday and will therefore be unavailable. Peter Spratt picked up an injury and we will have to see how he is during the week and we will have Gregg Shannon back.
“If we play the way we did against Newington on Saturday, then I would be lying if I said I didn’t think we fancied our chances against Ballymoney. That doesn’t mean we will be taking anything for granted. We need to build on the improvements made in the Newington game and take it up another notch on Saturday.