Glen hoping their luck will turn
GLEN manager Mickey Culbert is hoping that his team’s luck will change soon, as they are in relegation zone of division one at the mid-way point of the league.
Injuries to their two star county players, John McCamley and Emmet Bradley severely hampered their start to the season.
Now they have lost their captain Sean Gribben to an ankle break. McCamley and Bradley are now fit to play, and that should have been good news for Glen, but the Derry county team have priority over those players, as well as the handful of minors that Culbert would like to have used to bolster his team.
The upshot of losing so many players is that the team are dead last in the division. While he’s waiting on his luck to change, it seems that bad fortune has truly beset this year’s Glen team.
“Losing managers tend to blame bad luck, but in this case it’s true,” said Culbert.
“Hopefully our luck will turn in the second half of the season. We still think we are capable of maintaining our status in division one this year, which is our goal.”
Glen picked up their only point in their first game of the league campaign when they drew with the Loup, who are in the top half of the table. Culbert’s side then went on to lose seven games on the trot. This weekend they are due to play Craigbane at home who, in their last game, also drew with the Loup.
Culbert reflected on a season that really hasn’t gone their way so far..
“The team has gone through a bad patch with many injuries. We lost John McCamley and Emmet Bradley at a time when we really needed them. We can’t play our minors either because of the championship. So we are quite restricted in our panel.
“Bradley has been lauded by the media in Derry as the best thing since the sliced loaf, but we have only been able to play him twice.”
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