Having ended a poor run of form with a late victory at home to Dungannon Swifts last weekend, Glentoran look to build on that result against Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor Stadium tomorrow. Andy Waterworth's 50th goal for Glentoran proved the crucial one last weekend as a much needed 3 points was picked up at The Oval. The victory has seen us rise back above our cross-city rivals Linfield into 6th place in the Danske Bank Premiership however notably only 3 points off second. Cliftonville remain top, 9 points clear of us.
Last week saw a welcome return for Jay Magee in defence as the injury crisis that has plagued us the last number of weeks has started to ease. Colin Nixon and Calum Birney are still battling for fitness ahead of lengthly spells out, but may feature tomorrow. Stuart Elliott and Marcus Kane have missed the last few games through injury as well and it is not expected they will start tomorrow.
Our oponents Lisburn Distillery picked up a well earned point last week against Coleraine to move them off the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table ahead of Donegal Celtic, in 11th. For ex-Glentoran player Tim McCann, it has been a difficult opening few months to his managerial career at The Whites but last week's result will no doubt be a boost. Michael Halliday also is playing against his old club and could start up front for Distillery. Jonny Harkness is suspended for the game.
The Glens defeated Distillery 3-0 at The Oval earlier this season with Andy Waterworth bagging a brace and Richard Clarke getting the other goal. A strong performance tomorrow would hopefully see a similar result with the potential of us jumping a couple of places in Danske Bank Premiership.