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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

Glentoran 1-1 Carrick Rangers

Not the result we thought we would get yesterday but in a week that many weren’t very confident in 9 days ago we have to admit that getting 7 points from 9 is an improvement from last season. Sadly we didn’t really get going in this game despite taking the lead but it should serve as a reminder that this team is still gelling and will have games where things don’t go our way but it’s important that the players heads don’t drop when that happens. For all our struggles yesterday Carrick were a massive improvement from last season and could very well shock a few people if they manage to repeat their last two performances and stay up come the end of the season. All in all a draw wasn’t great but is much better than losing and getting nothing from the... read more

Glentoran 0-0 Glenavon

In a game that many fans thought we had to win for a chance at finishing in the top the best we could do on the day was come away with a draw. Not a lot that hasn’t already been said needs reinforced on here today or before the match preview(will be up on Thursday afternoon). Until then I wish you all a good few days read more

Glentoran 3-1 Ards

A performance was needed and a performance was what we got although possibly not as complete as we would have liked at times but in the end the 3 points was what we came for and we got them despite a very tough Ards side who look like they’ll continue to improve under the managerial reign of Colin Nixon. In the only change Stephen O’Flynn replaced the suspended Nacho Novo and he started the goalscoring just after 10 minutes or so as he slotted the ball past the Ards keeper. Number 2 wasn’t too long in coming as O’Flynn again found himself in space and fired the ball high past Aaron Hogg after a fine cross from Chris Lavery. The biggest sour note was a injury to James Ferrin who seemed to go over on his ankle and was replaced by Calum Birney. This seemed to unsettle us a bit for the remainder of the half and Ards got their goal as Kevin Bradley swung in a cross come shot that evaded everyone and nestled into the far corner. Another former Glentoran player was next to threaten as Carl McComb cracked the woodwork from a freekick this seemed to spur Ards on for the rest of the half but they couldn’t find that 2nd goal they wanted to level the game. With people heading for the exit late in the 2nd half we wrapped the game up as Curtis Allen passed the ball into the net after good work from Aaron Harmon. All in all a very hard working performance and one that was needed. Onto the next one and another big battle for our position in the league table against... read more

HIGH 5

Well well well. What a fantastic result and performance by the team on Tuesday night in what is almost always a tough fixture at Shamrock Park. From the first minute we looked to destroy any worries that there would be a negative reaction after the previous game. There was a change of formation that we as fans had called following Saturday and as rare and disastrous as it may be for a manager to listen to fans Gary Haveron recognised that playing 2 strikers could really fire us on to a victory but none of us would have thought that 5-0 was the final score. The first goal arrived not long after Nacho Novo saw a header saved by the Ports keeper as Chris Lavery put in a low cross towards Curtis Allen who slipped the ball past the keeper despite him getting a hand to the shot. Goal number 2 was almost exactly the same but this time it was Ross Redman swinging in a cross that evaded everybody and went beyond the back and found Nacho Novo a few yards inside the box and he fired the ball into the net. The 2nd half started with another Glentoran attack after the Portadown players seemed to all do the mannequin challenge right outside the box thankfully for them it was the keeper who unfroze himself and made another save. The Portadown stopper was at fault for the 3rd as he dropped the ball after catching a high cross and again it was Curtis Allen who took full advantage and added to his tally for the season. The 4th arrived shortly after as Chris Lavery showed his pace as he chased down a long ball and put the opposing defender under pressure and slotted the ball home to cheers of Easy,Easy,Easy. The 5th and final goal came as the ball was took into the box by a Glentoran player who seemingly ghosted past every challenge and Portadown player in his way before pulling it back to the penalty spot where Bobo Smith placed it high into the corner of the net. All in all this was the result and performance that was wanted to build us up for what will be a crucial match on... read more

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