United go into tomorrow's night match against County Tyrone's Dergview with a full complement of players, including Wayne Drummond who was an unused substitution in this afternoon's under-21 game. The only absentee is Cookie Munster, who starts a two game ban for his sending-off against Lisburn Distillery, which the referee has deemed was violent conduct. Let's hope United manager Roy Walker doesn't play with an ultra-defensive team like last Saturday's selection at Shamrock Park. When you select five defenders and one defensive midfielder in your team, your attacking options are a bit limited, to say the least. Roy thought we played well in the first half, he should went to specsavers, cause he's obviously blind.
We did create three or four chances in the first half, but we were unable to take them, nothing new there then. He says we were scoring plenty of goals this seasons, but letting in too many at the back and he says we have corrected that. But if you have to play a defensive team, your not going to score too many goals and we probably need 5 or 6 chances to score one goal, so we need to create a lot. Saturday was typical, we created in the end 9 clear-cut chances and scored one goal. But even worse, the goals we let in were 'soft' goals, both could and should have been prevented, so the defensive set-up didn't work, much more pleasing to have a go and maybe rock Portadown back on their heels and they 'were there for the taking'.
Now Roy has said Joe McCall has compiled a dossier on our opponents Dergview, is this the same Joe McCall that was at the Showgrounds under Kenny Shiels, who told lies about George McNeeley who was stand-in manager? Let's hope he's found the lord or something or we'll be in trouble tomorrow night. We need to play our best attacking team, which means Eamon and Ally both getting a start and Sparky starting in midfield alongside Jenks. Although he wasn't good for the last two matches, Baker will probably get the nod to partner Cutch up front and the fullbacks are, perm any two from Woods, Kane and Vauls. The central defenders should come from Archie, Watson and Rodgers and surely they'll be the room on the bench for Elvis and Aaron Boyd, although Boyd was a virtual passenger when he came on last Saturday. But it's all systems go for the semi-finals, it'll be tough, but we got to get going, come Sky Blues, let's shag those Tyrone Dergviewers!