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Glentoran V Dungannon Swifts match preview

Will not be mentioning last week’s result other than to say an improvement must be made in terms of how we play against some of the teams near or above us if we want to have a chance of making the top 6 split later in the season. In what I think is a first for this game either at Stangmore Park or The Oval kickoff is at 5.30pm which makes us wait that bit longer for the usual Saturday night routine for some off us to get underway but hopefully it’s a worthwhile venture for the home team with a bigger crowd attending. On the injury front we will be without at least 1 player in John McGuigan tomorrow after his injury against Cliftonville whilst Ross Redman is 50/50 according to the manager. Here’s to a fun filled early evening match with the away team taking home the spoils. Would also like to thank the Cookstown GSC for their invite before the match tomorrow we look forward to catching up with you all. LE JEU AVANT... read more

Glentoran v Cliftonville match preview

A mixed week on the pitch the past few days has seen us beat Ards 1-0 despite a somewhat unconvincing second half performance whilst we went out off the league cup at the first stage for PL teams with a defeat at home to Carrick Rangers. Tomorrow’s opponents have had a somewhat indifferent start to the season but following a comeback victory over Linfield recently will pose a threat to our hopes for another Saturday afternoon win. Judging by the reaction on Tuesday night we had a weaker team out so hopefully those that were rested come back into the team all guns blazing for a tough battle against the reds. A win tomorrow will quickly erase any negativity following the Carrick game and introduce a renewed optimism amongst the home faithful. Let’s get behind the boys as usual and roar them onto victory once again. LE JEU AVANT... read more

***CLUB MEETING***

Next club meeting of the season will be on the 30th October at 7.30 in The Ivy. New members as usual will be made more than welcome. read more

Glentoran v Coleraine match preview

So we finish off the month of September with arguably our toughest home game so far this season as welcome the only team with a 100% record in the league with 7 wins from 7 games and looking very much the threat previous Coleraine sides were remembered for being. With the odds firmly stacked against us given their record since August it is hard to see anything other than a away win but I can remember being given the underdog tag in matches before and we managed to pull of a great result and faultless performances so there is no reason not to think that if we play as well as we capable of tomorrow we will get a result that will keep momentum going into October and hopefully beyond. We seem to have a nearly fully fit squad and with Willie Garrett due to return to action for the 2nds in the next couple of weeks we could have a extremely pleasant selection dilemma for the CB spots soon. Let’s get behind the boys tomorrow and continue to encourage them to yet another fine performance at The Oval. LE JEU AVANT... read more

Glentoran v Glenavon match report

First of all apologies for the delay in publishing this match report but haven’t got rid off this feeling of insane positivism it has given me. The first half was somewhat off a slight(very slight) disappointment in that we went in 1-0 behind thanks to a daisy cutter from Andy Mitchell after some fine saves from Elliott Morris who showed once again how valuable he is to this team. We started the second half much like Carrick has against us 6 days previously as we went out and grabbed the game by it’s horns and thoroughly dominated the 2nd half but had to wait a while before we scored a couple of well deserved goals. It would seem churlish to say that Glenavon had no chances before we scored as they had indeed hit the post and again been denied by the most consistent goalkeeper in this league. The equaliser came from a goal kick helped into the path of David McDaid by Curtis Allen via John McGuigan. A fantastically well worked piece of play and 5 minutes later we had even more reason to celebrate following a cross from Marcus Kane that was guided home once again by McDaid for his 2nd of the night it was at this point that I became lost in a moment of euphoric and unbridled joy for the first time in what felt like years following Glentoran. Sadly that was not the end of the goals although it really should have been given the rather dubiously awarded Glenavon equaliser from which the scorer looked suspiciously offside. All in all quite possibly the best Glentoran performance since the Irish Cup win over Clintonville in 2013 and one that has reinvigorated the optimism around this young but hard working and passionate squad of talented... read more

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