Miskelly putting his faith in club’s next generation

David Miskelly. Pic by PressEye Ltd.
David Miskelly. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

David Miskelly is backing the club’s young guns to help ease the pain of defeat last weekend in the Irish Cup final.

The experienced Ports goalkeeper suffered a second Irish Cup final setback of his career as Glentoran recorded a 1-0 win.

The impact generated by the loss of the financial windfall associated with European qualification as cup winners will restrict summer signings.

However, Miskelly’s faith in the next generation remains strong thanks to the development this season of a string of teenagers.

“We have to look for positives from the season and it is a top-class changing room,” said Miskelly. “We will not want to lose anybody and it is a close-knit group.

“When you look at people like Jordan Lyttle, Jake Richardson, Shea Conaty, Marcio Soares and Christian Stewart, they will benefit from the experiences of this season.

“They will come into next season with that extra experience and, in many ways, be like new players.”

Miskelly admits he has little desire to watch back the goal that settled the final but opted on Sunday to analyse the controversial moments leading up to David Scullion’s strike.

“It is hard watching it back knowing we cannot do anything about it all,” he said. “So many things left us feeling hurt at the time.

“There was nothing between the teams and I do not think I had a save to make overall.

“We cannot dwell on it now and the aim must be to get back to another final.”