World News – GB – McDermott hits Solitude pitch ahead of Co Antrim Shield draw


The Glens boss stoked the fires ahead of his team’s trip to north Belfast tonight

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Glentoran boss Mick McDermott stoked the fires ahead of tonight’s semi-final with Cliftonville, saying the club’s synthetic turf was a « health and safety hazard »

McDermott is no fan of the Solitude Surface and has pointed out a number of serious injuries suffered by Glens players at the North Belfast venue

« Loneliness is a difficult place to go and the terrain is a health and safety hazard for me, » he said

« The reality is that we have had cruciate ligament injuries there in recent years, so we will have to take into account people who come back from injuries and so on.

« You shouldn’t be allowed to have football games on it, I don’t care what anyone says, but it’s a team from our league and we’ll go »

The Ovalmen are yet to win in the league, taking just one point in three outings Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Coleraine was made worse by a double leg break for loaned Barrow defender Bobby Burns , who was operated yesterday

Cliftonville, who lifted the Shield last season, beat the Glens 1-0 at Solitude on Day 1 of the season Boss Paddy McLaughlin said: “It was a real battle and it will be another game difficult « 

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World News – UK – McDermott hits on the Solitude pitch before Co Antrim Shield draw


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