We’ll Embrace This Opportunity, Says Dergview Boss Tommy Canning Ahead of Glentoran Visit

If Glentoran does your shopping in Harrods, you’re more likely to find bargain Dergview guys in Lidl.

Not even the Irish league’s financial division, highlighted by Shay McCartan’s record transfer of nearly £120,000 to Glens, could quell hopes of an Irish Cup shock this afternoon.

The Kasselderg men, who finished seventh in the Lough 41 Championship, are certainly enjoying a shot at their full-time opponents.

Glentoran are on a mission to win everything they can get their hands on and this trophy provides a route to Europe with all their riches.

Dergview aspires to be a hero, if only for one day, and boss Tommy Canning is urging his soldiers to seize the moment.

“You have to have faith otherwise don’t come out. You go into games with a plan to try to win it,” Canning insisted.

“The best way to show respect to the opposition is not to roll over. This is by standing strong and putting yourself out there, not showing the fear of taking on a full-time club.

“You honor opponents by challenging them and meeting them face to face.

“You try your best and see where it takes you. If everything goes against Glentoran and goes for us you never know. If everything works out for Glentoran then only one The result is coming but none of these things are mandatory. It will depend on the attitude of the players.

“We will give it absolutely everything that we have, as we do in every game and if it’s not enough, it’s not enough.”

Striker Benny Igihon, with 13 goals so far, has become a threat, while veteran former Institute defender Graham Crowne is a well-known name.

The Glens have previously experienced Irish Cup embarrassment, their 1–0 blow against Amateur League side Newington YC at The Oval in 2012 being the biggest in Irish Cup history.

But the East Belfast side is a very different animal today owned by Ali Pour, who boasts impressive financial power and a full-time mindset.

“They probably have the best team in the country,” Canning said. “You compare them to Linfield and even in the bracket of full-time clubs in the top flight, they are littered with quality.

“I think it’s proven by the signing of Shay McCartan and it appears that they were working hard to bring in Lee Bonis for a big fee as well.

“It’s a monumental act. But there’s a financial benefit to the club, a high profile and it’s just as important as it is on the pitch.

“It means a lot to the club but my job is to pay attention to what happens on the pitch so we are able to fight and challenge a team like Glentoran.”

If the manager is excited, imagine how players must feel with the rare opportunity to become a household name by beating the former Belfast giants.

“It will be a great opportunity for the players and the fans will be in a good voice,” Canning said.

“There is a mix of excitement, energy and nerves about whether the boys will be playing or not. Of course, they all want to play and it will be a game some of them can’t play again.”

“I would ask the boys to embrace this opportunity and give a good account of themselves.

“We have young players looking to make a career in the Irish league. These opportunities don’t come often in life.

“But I want the players to work not just for themselves, but for the group. It’s about us as a collective while the players can use it as a showcase for themselves.”

Meanwhile, The Glens have announced contract extensions for Rory Donnelly, Sean Klukas and Ben Cushney.

Ciaran O’Connor has joined Warrenpoint Town on loan for the remainder of the season.