A very young Glentoran team – in which only skipper Marcus Kane, new signing Josh Kelly and returned loanee Jordan Jenkins had any real senior experience – did exceptionally well tonight to lose to a very experienced Dundela side (including our former Cup Winning defender Jay Magee) by one late goal in five.
Jordan Jenkins opened the scoring on 10 minutes but the young Glens went in 2-1 behind at the due to a penalty from ex-Ballymena stalwart Tony Kane and a well taken goal by former Glens and Glenavon winger Andy Hall.
The 12 young Academy players who made their first team bow for Glentoran tonight
Jenkins levelled the scores with his second of the night on 78 minute, but the Duns scored the winner two minutes later, again through a Hall strike from a Kane corner.
Overall a great performance from the young Glens players that will have impressed all in attendance.
Next up is the massive second round of our Europa Conference League tie v Gżira United FC at the Bet McLean Oval on Thursday. Kick off 7.30pm.
Photographs by SCOTT MARTIN
Glentoran: L Donnelly, Kane (C), Russell, Boyd, White, Kelly, Locke, Farley, Smyth, McLaughlin & Jenkins
Subs: McConville, Johnson, McCann, Douglas, Hayes, McElhone, Bell, Feeney, Charnley, Weatherup & Faloona
Tim McCann and Jonny Russell post match interview