Glentoran completed a comfortable 3-0 win over near neighbours Dundela on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten run in pre-season.
We kicked off back on Saturday 29th June with a 4-3 away win against Comber Rec. The home side took the lead in the 14th minute but two goals from Dee Fearon saw the Glens in front just after the half hour mark. Paul O'Neill and Curtis Allen then both scored to make it 4-1 but on the stroke of halftime Comber Rec pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. The home side were awarded another penalty in the second half and netted to make it 4-3.
On Wednesday 3rd July Glentoran hosted Scottish Premiership side, St. Johnstone and produced a very good performance to earn a creditable 1-1 draw. St. Johnstone went ahead on 20 minutes but a spectacular equaliser from Curtis Allen levelled things up. There was no further scoring but the game also saw our two Croatian signings, Marijan Antolovic and Hrvoje Plum make their debuts.
Next up we hosted H&W Welders on 9th July. Darren Murray was quick off the mark in this game, scoring in the first few minutes. Murray added a second on 18 minutes and really should have completed his hattrick before the break. Despite numerous chances the Glens couldn't add to their tally but it was another comfortable win and gave plenty of players both the opportunity to get minutes under their belt and put themselves into the manager's thoughts as the start of the season approaches.
At Wilgar Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, Glentoran produced another dominant first half performance. Connor Pepper (12) netted his first goal for the Glens....finally and further goals from Curtis Allen and Paul O'Neill made it 3-0 at the break. It could ad should have been more with both O'Neill and skipper Marcus Kane squandering good chances.
Next up is a visit to Ballyclare on Saturday afternoon and that will be followed by a trip to Knockbreda on Tuesday 23rd July.
Photographs courtesy of Andrew McCarroll (AM Photography NI)