Glentoran taking nothing for granted against Armagh

Glentoran's Marcus Kane will be missing for the game against Armagh City
Glentoran's Marcus Kane will be missing for the game against Armagh City

Glentoran will be without defender Willie Garrett and midfield stylist Marcus Kane for Monday’s Irish Cup sixth round replay against Armagh City at the Oval.

Both players received their marching orders in Saturday’s bad tempered Premiership game against Ards at Clandeboye Park.

To make matters worse, the Glens slumped to a 2-1 defeat against the team that is sitting bottom of the table.

With Glens boss Eddie Patterson missing from the dugout due to illness, his assistant Tiernan Lynch will again take charge of the side.

“Hopefully, Jay Magee will be fit enough to resume,” said Lynch.

“Jason Hill will also have a late fitness test. Our new signing Fra McCafferty is cup-tied, so he misses out.

“I thought Marcus was unlucky to be sent off against Ards. Certainly, his tackle deserved a yellow card, there is no doubt that, but he was booked earlier in a bizarre situation.

“His boot had ripped and he asked the referee’s permission to change it.

“Unfortunately, when he came back on (to the pitch), the ref’s assistant flagged it up, but this was three or four minutes afterwards. Marcus was then booked, it was for nothing.

“I’m not disguising the fact that we didn’t play well. This is now our biggest game of the season.

“We will certainly be giving Armagh the respect they deserve. They really put it up to us down there. It’s easy to see why they are now 24-odd games undefeated on their synthetic pitch - it’s a difficult surface to get used to.

“Being honest, they could well have nicked the game down there, but we now have an opportunity of putting things right, so we must be totally focused with a quarter final place up for grabs. Even though we’ll be missing a few bodies, it’s up to the players to grab the opportunity.”