The Glens are joint top of the Sports Direct Premiership after hitting four goals at the Newry Showgrounds this evening. Injuries to Rhys Marshall, Aidan Wilson and Jay Donnelly meant manager Warren Feeney had to make several changes ahead of this evening's 5.30pm kick-off in South Down. Club captain Marcus Kane returned to his normal left-back slot with Bobby Burns returning in midfield and scorer of last Saturday's winner against Cliftonville, Niall McGinn, returned to the starting XI.
Title chasing Glentoran started as they meant to go on tonight at Ashfield with a first minute strike from Joely Andrews putting them ahead virtually from kick off. There was to be no let up as the league leaders rattled another 10 against unfortunate Ballymena this evening in the Sports Direct.
Tomorrow sees our seventh game of the Sports Direct Premiership when we travel to Newry to play ninth placed City.
While Newry have enjoyed some success on their travels to date this season, results at the Showgrounds have been less positive; 3 games played seeing 3 defeats with 10 goals conceded and 0 scored.
With 4 games to go in the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership, leaders Glentoran Women entertain ninth placed Ballymena United Ladies at Ashfield on Friday night (8th September).
As Cliftonville are away on European duty this week, the Glens will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 9 points, albeit the Reds would still have 2 games in hand.
Ollie Webber was the Glentoran hero as an experimental Glens knocked a much more experienced Crusaders side out of the Toals County Antrim Shield.
Tomorrow night we cross the Lagan to play Crusaders at Seaview in the opening round of the Toal’s County Antrim Shield.
Last time we played Crusaders in the Shield was 7 years ago when a Stevie Gordon goal didn’t stop Glentoran losing to what was effectively a Crusaders – Premiership Champions at the time – second string. Our meeting before that was in the semi final in October 2010 when goals from Daryl Fordyce and Matty Burrows saw us through to a final where we beat Linfield 3-1 at Windsor Park, the most recent of the 26 occasions we’ve won the trophy.
A second half penalty from Jude Johnson was enough to give the Wee Glens all 3 points at Ashfield this evening.
Overall it was a tough encounter with the young glens coming away with a hard fought one nil win.
The first half end up scoreless with neither team creating any clear chances. Second half the game opened up. Glens eventually took the lead on 55 mins when Jack Watson was brought down in the box. Jude Johnston stepped up and struck a great penalty past the United keeper.
On Saturday evening, the Hillfoot GSC clubrooms on the Castlereagh Road, welcomed its officers, members, Glentoran players and officials to the club’s annual Player of the Year Awards Night for the 2022/2023 season.
The Player of the Year Award was presented by club Chairman Gareth Turkington to Bobby Burns.
Young Player of the Year was Terry Devlin, now at Portsmouth.
Glentoran have been drawn away to Dollingstown in the first round of the 2023/24 Bet McLean Cup.
The match will be played on Tuesday 3rd October. Arrangements for the game will be announced here when we have them.
Luke McCullough’s great start to the season has been rewarded with the supporters' vote as August Player of the Month.
Luke played every minute in August, usually captaining the side in an ever changing back four ravaged by injuries to various players at different times. It follows on from a great end of last season as proves his complete recovery from his cruciate injury.
Luke won 40% of the supporters vote. Runner up was Fuad Sule.
Congratulations and well played Luke.