Fitzgerald: Michael's a Hall of a Player; GOAL HERO DEAN HAILS OVAL No9 AN 'IRISH LEAGUE STAR'
Byline: CHARLIE DOUGHERTY
GLENTORAN 2 CLIFT'VILLE 1 'We gave away a sloppy goal. I'm getting fed up with the number of gifts we are giving other teams' 'It's unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. We've dropped a couple of league places when there was an opportunity to move up' LAST GASP Glens goal hero Dean Fitzgerald has hailed Michael Halliday one of the Irish League's best ever strikers.
The Glens were heading for their fourth defeat of the season, with Cliftonville a goal to the good through youngster Mark Clarke.
The champions were also a man down after goalkeeper Elliott Morris was sent off for handling outside the box.
Defeat would have been a considerable blow to the Oval club's dreams of winning back-to-back championships for the first time since the 1967 and 1968 campaigns.
But inspired substitutions - boss Alan McDonald brought on Shane McCabe in midfield and Halliday - reaped huge rewards.
Seasoned hitman Halliday equalised before Fitzgerald put the cap on a win that could turn their season around.
"The substitutions helped turn it for us," said Fitzgerald.
"Shane's a great player - you have to remember he was our player-of-the-year last season.
"People said to me last year when I came on that often that experience just kind of lifts a couple of people around you.
"Shane makes other players think - is he going to run with the ball, is he going to pass it? "And Michael? Well, he is just a superb striker. He is up there with all the top class strikers that have been in this league for the past 10 to15 years. He really is great.
"He deserves credit more so for getting that goal and getting us back into the game and I was fortunate enough to get the winner.
"Michael is just brilliant and a brilliant fella off the pitch too.
"When he got the flick-on for my goal, he was frank and honest to say he was going for the goal. But I was just happy to get on the end of it. …