Glentoran's penultimate fixture in what has been a dismal 2016/17 Danske Bank Premiership campaign saw already relegated Portadown make the trip to east Belfast. Two big clubs who in years gone by would have been contesting at the very top of the table, now sitting 9th and 12th in the league. Glentoran kicked things off on the front foot, and after Eric Foley (3') and Salou Jallow (13') saw long range efforts sail harmlessly over the bar, they took the lead on 18 minutes.
The Glentoran 'Player of the Year for 2016-17 is Curtis Allen. (Photographs by Pacemaker Press)
In today's poll of supporters attending the Danske Bank Premiership fixture against Portadown, Curtis came out on top with 54% of the vote.
Elliott Morris was second with 32% and Ross Redman third with 11%.
The remaining 3% of supporters voted for various other members of the squad.
For our penultimate home game of the season, we welcome Portadown to the Oval on saturday.
We are undefeated against the newly relegated Ports this season. In our third game of the season we had a 1- 0 win at Shamrock Park through a solo goal by Kym Nelson, while in November we played out a very drab goalless draw at the Oval.
Our most recent clash - at Shamrock Park in our first game of 2017 - was something of a false dawn for Glens supporters as we had a comfortable 0 - 5 away win through goals from Curtis Allen (2), Nacho Novo, Chris Lavery and Jonathan Smith.
Supporters travelling to next month's friendly in with Detroit City are reminded that the deadline for travelling Glentoran supporters to reserve accommodation in the team hotel - The MotorCity Casino Hotel - is Monday 1st May.
Reservations can be made through the link below:
Glentoran came from a goal down to win at Carrick Rangers on Tuesday night. A second half double from Jonathan Smith and Curtis Allen was enough to overcome TJ Murray’s opener and give the Glens 3 points. Manager Gary Haveron made 4 changes to the side which lost in disappointing fashion on Saturday with Karl Hamill, Salou Jallow, Jonathan Smith and Chris Lavery replacing James Ferrin, Ross Redman, Conal Delaney and Stephen O’Flynn.
On behalf of everyone at the club, www.glentoran.com offers every best wish to three of our first team players currently recovering from recently sustained serious injuries.
Tiernan McAuley and Aaron Harmon have each sustained suspected cruciate ligament damage in the past week, an injury that has been all too common at the Oval recently following similar injuries to Stephen McAlorum and Willie Garrett.
Following the disappointment of last week's result at Ballinamallard, the travelling faithful once again made the journey west on the M1 in the optimistic hope of not only remaining in contention for 7th place and a European play off spot, but also to see a marked improvement in passion and performance.
Club captain Stephen McAlorum and the returning Eric Foley started in the centre of midfield, with Jonny Addis filling the centre back position and allowing James Ferrin to replace the injured Tiarnan McAuley at right back.
Dungannon Swifts v Glentoran
Saturday 15th April, 3pm
On Saturday afternoon, we travel to Stangmore Park for what is the absolute definition of a must win match.
Swifts are currently one point and 2 places above us in the chase for the final place in the Europa League play offs next month. As Swifts have a substantially better goal difference than Glentoran then it’s fair to say that nothing but an away win will be of any real benefit to the Glens.
Wednesday 12th April saw Glentoran travel away to face Linfield at the Hammer Complex. The game started off very competitively between the two rivals with both teams keen to make the best first impression. Glentoran was first to take charge with Rachel Rogan netting an early goal on the 7th minute despite Linfield’s keeper’s best efforts. Glentoran looked comfortable on the ball with Katie Martin and Samantha Kelly slipping balls out wide and through to the striker to put the Glens on the front foot.