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Danske Bank Premiership

Glentoran 1 Ards 0

Our wait for a league win goes on as a first half goal from Curtis Allen gave Glentoran a single goal victory at The Oval.

Allen’s unexpected 41st minute strike caught out Ards keeper Aaron Hogg and it was a goal that would prove decisive with the three points gained by Gary Haveron’s men enough to lift them above Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

The first half of this encounter was filled with chances. As early as the 10th minute a cross from the right found Allen in the Ards box but as he pounced on the ball a fine one handed save from Hogg turned the shot away from goal.

A decent opening for Ards soon followed when Joe McKinney placed a well threaded pass inside a couple of Glentoran defenders to find Gareth Tommons but the midfielder saw his effort blocked by the legs of Elliot Morris.

The Glens threatened again and a ball into the feet of Ciaran Caldwell from Nelson saw him strike cleanly but ex-Oval keeper Hogg again pushed the ball over his crossbar.

Four minutes from the break Glentoran got their noses in front. From wide out on the right Aaron Harmon sent in a high ball that Allen got to just ahead of defender Hall and whether he meant it or not, the striker accurately hooked the ball over the goalkeeper to find the far corner of the net from around 12 yards out.

The second half saw not quite as much goalmouth action as the first forty five minutes, but Ards did their utmost to prevent the recent run of poor form continuing.

Where there was danger it came from McKinney. He got on the end of a David McAllister cross but couldn’t squeeze the ball past goalkeeper and defender and then from another chance McKinney pounced on a loose ball after Stuart McMullan had been thwarted but could only flash a powerfully struck shot past the near upright.

In the end Allen’s first half strike was enough to lift his side up to seventh in the table as our long wait for a win in east Belfast continues.

26th November 2016


18 Aaron Hogg, 2 Greg Hall, 4 Stuart McMullan, 5 Johnny Taylor, 14 Fra Brennan, 7 Craig McMillen (capt.), 16 Gareth Tommons, 20 Kyle Cherry, 10 Joe McKinney, 40 Jamie Douglas, 11 David McAllister


3 Michael Ruddy, 8 Ross Arthurs (for Douglas 56), 9 Gary Liggett (for Tommons 75), Jordan Hughes (for Cherry 65), 17 Carl McComb


Raymond Hetherington


McMullan (54)




Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Picture: Andrew McCullough