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Glentoran 2-0 Bangor

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 21:32

Glentoran will face Ards in the next round of the Toals Co Antrim Shield following a comfortable 2-nil home victory over Bangor. 

The Glens were still without Robbie McDaid and Paddy McClean through injury.

We also had Dayle Cooling, Caolan Marron, Bobby Burns and Paul O'Neill away on international duty but manager Mick McDermott was still able to field a very strong line up.

For Bangor, veteran striker Michael Halliday had to sit this one out, the former Glentoran hero missing due to a hamstring injury. However former Glens Academy player, Matthew Anderson was in goal for the Seasiders.

The young keeper kept out a couple of free kick efforts early on as the home side dominated the ball but the first half was largely uneventful apart from a few over zealous challenges from Bangor which finally resulted in a yellow card for Johnston for a poor tackle on Glens skipper, Marcus Kane. Five minutes from the break Andrew Mitchell did well to turn and get a great effort in on goal however Anderson made a superb save, turning the ball just past the post.

Right on the 45 minute mark Glentoran finnally edged in front. Jamie McDonagh fired in a corner from the right hand side and Seanan Clucas rose highest to power a header into the Sydenham End goal.

Half-time: Glentoran 1-0 Bangor

Glentoran continued to dominate possession in the second half and always looked likely to add to their advantage. We had yet another poor challenge on Marcus Kane and Bangor full back, Isaac Fletcher was perhaps lucky only to pick up a yellow card.

Around the hour mark McDermott made two changes with Ruaidhri Donnelly and Ciaran O'Connor replacing Jay Donnelly and Mal Smith. O'Connor didn't take long to make an impression, scoring an excellent second goal for the Glens on 64 minutes.

O'Connor picked up the ball around 25 yards from goal before curling the ball into the top right hand corner of the City End goal; Anderson had no chance! The young goalkeeper did well though shortly afterwards to keep out a superb effort from Ruaidhri Donnelly.

The Glens saw the game out playing some neat football with Crickey Gallagher in particular putting in a great shift. At the back, Elliott Morris will rarely have had a more relaxed 90 minutes whilst Luke McCullough controlled the back line superbly.

Full-time: Glentoran 2-0 Bangor

Glentoran: Morris, Clucas, Kane (c), Cowan, McCullough, Smith ((O'Connor 57), Gallagher, Bigirimana, McDonagh, J. Donnelly (R. Donnelly 61) & Mitchell (Stewart 75).

Photographs by PACEMAKER