It's still all to play for in the Setanta Sports Cup for Glentoran and St Pats as the sides fought out a 0-0 draw in Dublin in the first leg of the tie. Chances were few and far between for both sides. Killian Brennan went close for the home side in the first half but the Glens almost grabbed the lead just before the break when John McGuigan broke clear and set up Richard Gibson. St Pats' keeper, Brendan Clarke was quickly out to deny the Glens striker.
Players struggled to keep their feet on the slippery surface and as a result it was difficult for either team to get any sustained periods of play. Chris Forrester's shot just before the hour mark was narrowly over the bar whilst at the other end, Jim O'Hanlon fired wide from just outside the area (70). In added time Forrester forced Glentoran captain, Elliott Morris to turn the ball round the post for a corner but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.
The teams meet again next Monday night at the Oval with the winner going through to the quarter final.
Glentoran: Morris (capt), Bradley, Hill, Magee, Birney, M. Clarke, McAlorum, Kane, O' Hanlon, McGuigan & Gibson.
Subs: Ward for M. Clarke (37), Waterworth for Gibson (61) and M. Murray for O'Hanlon (89).
Photograph by Thomas Sewell.