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Glentoran 2-1 Cliftonville

I said on Friday that revenge for our defeat was important to the fans and in the end that is what we got although in the first 45 minutes it looked like we would be handed a loss. Cliftonville were the better team in the first half dominating the opening 20 minutes in terms of chances created with Daniel Hughes being denied by Elliott Morris and then from the resulting corner the ball was cleared off the line from a Jay Donnelly chance. They would eventually take the lead however with Jay Donnelly slotting home following a quick and incisive break by the away team with that lead being taken though they began to sit back and allow us to attack them with Nacho Novo just firing over right from the restart. The feeling of worry was there for the 2nd half when the whistle went to signal the end of the first 45 but right from the beginning of the restart we showed that we would not sit down and take another defeat. Nacho Novo had what has arguably been his best performance in a Glentoran shirt as he volleyed home the equaliser in the 47th minute. From that moment onwards there was only ever going to be one winner as we pressed, harried and hassled every opposition player into a rushed clearance or failed pass the passion and determination was on show from all the players in the famous Red, Green and Black chasing down every ball and creating chances where none should have existed. Chris Lavery was prime example of this with his non-stop running and trickery getting the better of his defender and on another day he would have scored at least 1 goal and have multiple assists with many of his crosses and quick passes narrowly missing a Glentoran player in the 6 yard box. The winner would arrive in the 84th minute as Steven Gordon forced the ball home with a header and the reaction was fantastic as every single fan erupted in cheers as the Glentoran supporter clinched our 2nd league win in a row. I won’t be ashamed to say that sitting in the family stand watching the players walk off I almost welled up at the sight of a Glentoran win that showed that we could very well be coming back with a almighty vengeance this season as we continue our chase for a top 6 finish.

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