After the heartbreaking defeat at Windsor Park on Boxing Day, Glentoran need to get the result out of their system fast, with the festive games coming up thick and fast. On Saturday, Donegal Celtic are the visitors to The Oval looking for just their third win of the season. Glentoran slipped to 5th after the Boxing Day defeat, with Linfield and Coleraine overtaking us.
We welcome Donegal Celtic to East Belfast and hopefully we can get a win following the disappointment of Boxing Day. After a great team performance against Linfield, we should all get behind the team and show the support we did on Wednesday afternoon.
The Premier Lounge will be open from 12:30pm and we have an early Premier League Match featuring Sunderland v Tottenham (12:45pm kick off) before we have live and exclusive coverage of Glentoran v DC at 3pm. Following that, we finish the day with another Barclays Premiership encounter featuring Arsenal v Newcastle United.
We’ll never know how this game would have turned out had it been 11 v 11 for 90 minutes. A moment of madness in the 5th minute left Glentoran with 10 players. All 10 (plus the 3 substitutes) put in a magnificent shift and manager, Eddie Patterson and the fantastic Glentoran support can be extremely proud of their performance. Ultimately though, it was another Boxing Day defeat and who knows how vital those points may turn out to be, come the end of the season.
Glentoran Seconds defeated Ards 3-0 at Seaview this morning to lift the Steel & Sons Cup for the 14th time. The Seconds went in front just before halftime when Steven McCullough's cross-shot was headed home by Richard Gibson. Ards made 3 changes during the second period as they went in search of an equaliser but with 6 minutes remaining a long clearance out of defence was picked up by Carl McComb.
Christmas is the time of the year for family, togetherness and presents. However for fans of Irish League football, Christmas Day is also the day before the biggest day in the footballing calendar. Boxing Day sees all the local derby matches from across the country take place with the biggest attendances of the year out in force. As East Belfast tucks into turkey and stuffing tomorrow evening, no doubt Eddie Patterson as well as everyone else associated with the club, will have their minds on the Big Two derby on Boxing Day.
Glentoran Seconds will be looking to bring the Steel & Sons Cup back to the Oval on Christmas Day. Spike Hill's young side have had a magnificent season to date and will be looking to keep up their momentum by lifting the Steel & Sons Cup.
Spike Hill and the team are looking for a big turn out of Glentoran fans to cheer the team on. Ards will probably go into the game as favourites but a large, noisy Glentoran support would certainly boost the Seconds. Kick off at Seaview is 10:45am.
Last chance for Glentoran Christmas bargains! The Glentoran Superstore will be open today (Sunday 23rd) from 1pm to 4.30pm.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day tickets on sale.
After today the shop will NOT be open until Saturday 29th, Mrs Santa and staff are having a well deserved break. We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013.
Castlreagh GSC are holding a quiz in aid of the Elliott Morris testimonial season.
When: Wednesday 30th January
Where: Castlereagh GSC, Grand Parade
£5 per head
Prizes for 1st and 2nd placed teams.
Everyone is welcome to come along and support this event. For further information and to confirm please contact D Stewart, Castlereagh GSC or any member of the Elliott Morris testimonial committee.
Following a pitch inspection this morning, today's game against Ballymena Utd has been called off. In total, 5 Danske Bank Premiership matches have fallen victim to the weather.
The games will now be played on Tuesday 15th January 2013 with a 7:45pm kick-off.
A number of good performances on the pitch complied with yesterday's positive news off it has left Glentoran fans in high spirits this Christmas. After last week's dramatic victory against Portadown at Shamrock Park, Glentoran will be itching to get back out on the pitch and pick up three more points-especially with a certain Boxing Day fixture just around the corner. 3 points at Shamrock last week consolidated third place, 5 points behind second placed Crusaders and 12 off the pace set by Cliftonville.