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Glentoran-Institute match report

We headed into this game on the back of a very creditable draw against our biggest rivals in the previous game.The start of the match however saw us under pressure from the kick off and thanks to Elliott Morris we were still in the game until we took the lead much like David De Gea saved Man United last night Elliott done the exact same for us.The first goal came from a Niall Henderson corner that was put over the line by Jay Magee after 26 minutes this seemed to calm us down a bit however we still gave away a few too many chances to Stute and on another day they would have punished us had Robbie Hume been a bit more composed in front of goal.The game was still up for grabs until Newtownards lad Steven Gordon popped up with what would turn out to be the winner from a Curtis Allen pass after he done brilliantly to stay on his feet after a messy tackle in the box.The joy on Steven’s face was clear for all to see and was a great moment for the lad who stood on the terraces as a fan and is now living the dream of every fan by pulling on the Red,Green and Black.This was a win that again helps build a bit more belief in the squad before a very tough looking fixture away to the current league leaders at Shamrock Park next weekend so again they will need every single one of us behind them from the off to guide them to a result no one is surely... read more

Glentoran reserves v Linfield Swifts match report

Glentoran Seconds 1 – 5 Linfield Swifts Having suffered a 7 – 0 thrashing at the hands of the Swifts a few months ago over at Midgeley Park a decent crowd turned up at the Oval looking forward to a keenly contested match and hopefully a different result. On a dry, crisp evening under the Oval floodlights hopes were high but sadly it was not to be. Despite the presence of no less than six first team squad members, Hogg, Addis, Gordon, McCullough, McKee and Mark Clark, the wee Glens were swept aside by a well organised and highly motivated Swifts side keen to impress watching boss Warren Feeney. Linfield used three first team squad members, keeper Johnny Tuffey plus Carvill and Millar. It all started so wonderfully well after just five minutes for the wee Glens when they raced into an early lead after they won a free kick out on the right. Matty Kerr’s cross looked to be far too high and drifting wide of the far post but Mark Clark read it well and headed back across goal where Colly Smith did brilliantly to steer a low shot past Tuffey. “Looking good” we thought to ourselves but sadly it was not to be. Ten minutes later and Linfield drew level after a Glens defender dwelt on the ball on the right hand touchline. The Linfield winger stole the ball and raced down the line before passing across the six yard line to give their striker the simple task of side footing past keeper Aaron Hogg. A few minutes later the young Blues raced into the lead when good approach play saw the ball spread out to their right winger who cut inside the box and fired a low shot which the diving Hogg seemed to have covered, sadly the ball hit the foot of a Glentoran defender and flew past him into the other side of the net. Linfield then increased their lead when a Glentoran player was again caught out inside his own half and the right winger raced into the box and fired the ball into the net past Hogg. Worse was to follow when with half time approaching Linfield scored again when a neat passing move allowed their striker to get the ball along the by line and cut back for their impressive right winger to grab his second of the night. Half-time: Glentoran Seconds 1 – 4 Linfield Swifts We hoped for... read more

Linfield match report

Well that game didn’t pan out the way most of us thought it would now did it? Unfortunately there were a couple of negatives those being the 2 goals that from a defensive point of view could have been stopped quite easily.However we reacted brilliantly when in the past at being a goal down we have went back into our shell and not looked like playing well at all today was a much different story.Having singles out Niall Henderson for criticism I must say he was superb at times today and deserves the praise he has got from every Glentoran fan after his performance in midfield I would quite happily criticize every Glentoran player if this is the effect it has on them.Whilst praising a player that was criticized is a massive change let’s just hope Niall can put in more games like today.Now for the least surprising part of today,another fantastic performance by Jordan Stewart who was unlucky not to have scored himself against a player that will undoubtedly become a future scourge of ours in Big Two games even if his father is a Glentoran legend.All in all today was for the majority a very composed and efficent performance full of attacking play and whilst some would say we had luck with our 2nd goal we as football fans know that these things happen for us and also against us.Anyway focus now shifts to our next match which is against an Institute side battling down at the wrong end of the... read more

Ballymena United 2-0 Glentoran reserves

Well I did suggest that we needed to be at our very best if we were ever going to take anything from this game last night. We simply weren’t so we didn’t! Overall, we were well beaten on the night by a much more eager, & enthusiastic Ballymena side, who set their stall out right from the start determined to ensure that we never got into our stride. The game evidently finished in their favour by two goals to nil, however, we can register no complaints as this result was probably more than justified. The opening twenty minutes in this first half seen quite a lot of Ballymena pressure but they really had little to show for their efforts. One of their ilk tried his luck with a splendidly executed chip, from practically the edge of the eighteen yard, but just as it seemed that it was about to dip under the crossbar, the frame of big Aaron Hogg lifted itself of the ground, arms fully extended to prevent it from entering our net. The sky Blues certainly enjoyed the better of the early exchanges but as I said they seldom threatened: We ourselves in all probability created the first real good opening chance of the game. Young Lee Chapman happened to the carved down, say approx about a yard or so to the far right of the eighteen yard box. The resulting free kick was whipped into the box with a swirling, wicked pace by the king of the set piece, the always fluent Mattie Kerr. The ball arrived at the far left post that in turn was met by Mark Clarke – a much improved performance last night incidentally – who headed it goalbound. At the angle that we were all at, we actually thought that Clarke’s header was entering the net but amazingly young Ryan Mahood slid in to somehow blast the ball over the crossbar when he was practically underneath it! It was clear evidence that this was certainly not going to be our night! Ballymena remained a real threat: They engineered one great move that all stemmed from the left of the pitch, a superbly crafted ball hit with the outside of the foot, made it’s way up that wing to a fellow colleage. He controlled, cut into the right, then unleashed a great curling shot that big Hoggy did well to contain & gather. I thought that our best performance last night came... read more

Coleraine Reserves v Glentoran Seconds

I don’t think that it has been mentioned on that ‘Ins & outs’ that run for so long on the main Glentoran forum ( For if it has then I for one have missed it) but Glentoran Seconds actually signed a couple of new players before the deadline. The two young recruits namely Owen McKeown (Ex- Glenavon) and Jordan Baxter (Ex-Crusaders) featured in our starting eleven today, both giving reasonably competent & most satisfactory individual performances & long may this continue. Welcome on board boys. As Salster has already pointed out in his post, it would certainly be fair to say that this was a relatively young Glentoran team taking to the field today. Also making an appearance in our starting lineup today were young Dean Spence & Ethan Knipe. As we have now a considerable pool of highly-talented young players at our disposal it takes no genius to state the obvious that each & every one of them should receive a run out as our management determines it. If we are to remain entirely truthful, there is little point in opening this ‘report’ by stating that we enjoyed a dominating presence in this opening first half spell as happened in the other two matches: This time round it was Coleraine who initially enjoyed the vast majority of possession although it must be said they managed to create very little in the way of threat in the last third of the field. An example of this would be an early corner as taken from the left, the target on this occasion being the near post but young Dean Spence – one of the smallest men on the pitch – was able to clear his lines without coming under too much pressure from his Blue & White cladded opponents. When the ball happened to be whipped in again, a few minutes later, both a combination of the determined Colin Smith & his equally sturdy colleague Ross Stewart extinguished this firepower without too much trouble on their part. I must place hand on heart whilst being perfectly honest: We created very little in way of an attacking force today to state otherwise would be to state an untruth: Chances generally regarded as ‘run-of-the-mill’, that normally wouldn’t receive so much as a second mention in my reports have therefore to be given a priority tonight otherwise it’ll appear that we did very little! Our first half chance came courtesy of an extremely... read more

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