Glentoran U20 8-1 Dunmurry Young Men
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Glentoran U20 took advantage of a break in league games to arrange a home friendly in order to give game time to a number of u18 players, and also provide much needed game time to some first team panelists including Willie Garrett who is stepping up his return from long term injury. U20 regulars Mark Lowe, Darryl McKenna, Podraig Hughes, and Paul O'Neill all missed the game through injury while Christopher Conn was sick. That in turns gave an opportunity for some younger players to step up and they clearly rose to the challenge.
We are very grateful to Dunmurry Young Men who agreed to take the fixture at short notice and the Amateur League 1B side acquitted themselves well in the opening half but it was the Glens who took the lead through Steven Gordon with a smart finish. Gordon added to his tally and doubled the Glens advantage mid-way through the half before Dunmurry got themselves on the score sheet to half the deficit. Stevie completed his second hat-trick of the season at this level just before the break to give the Glens a 3-1 half time advantage.
Glentoran made 5 changes at half time and made a flying start to the second half when Eamon McLaughlin found Jonathan Smith on 47 to make it 4-1 before Conall Delaney struck with a fine solo effort for 5-1 on 55 minutes to really kill the game off. The Wee Glens' superior fitness told as the game wore on and young Eoin Rooney making his first u20 appearance hammered home the advantage scoring a 6th from 18 yards before Nathan Best added a 7th. Young striker Rooney rounded off a great debut with his second and Glentoran’s 8th of the night to complete the scoring in a very worthwhile exercise for the Glens
We thank Dunmurry YM for the game and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season
1. Ryan Scutt 2. Craig Baird 3. Jamie Craig 4. Mal Smith 5. William Garrett 6. Eoghan McCawl 7. Nathan Best (1) 8. Eddie Shaw 9. Jonathan Smith (1) 10. Steven Gordon (3) 11. Conall Delaney (1)
Subs: Paul McLaughlin (Scutt 45) Jack Henderson (Shaw 45) Eamon McLaughlin (Gordon 45) Pablo Andrade (Best 45) Sean Wallace (Baird 45) Kai Wardlow (Craig 60) Eoin Rooney 92) (Smith 60)
* Baird and Best returned to the action mid-way through the half for Garret and Delaney respectively
Glenavon U20 1-2 Glentoran U20
Friday 11 November 2017.
Glentoran remain top of the U20 NIFL Premiership Development League this evening, following a 2-1 win over a strong Glenavon side at Mourneview Park.
Glenavon threatened in the early stages with experienced senior players Mark Patton and Andrew McGrory causing problems down both flanks. However it was the Glens who took the lead when Jack Henderson found Padraig Hughes who slipped the ball into Christopher Conn to beat the keeper from 15 yards for 1-0.
Glenavon continued to threaten with their two strikers both going close before Patton forced a fine double save from Paul McLaughlin in the Glens goal. Willie Garrett continued his return from injury with a commanding display in the heart of defence and made a terrific goal line clearance before Jordan Jenkins eventually equalised for Glenavon. Half time Glenavon 1-1 Glentoran
Glentoran started the second half strongly and went close through Jack Henderson whose effort was well gathered by the Glenavon number one before a Darryl McKenna shot warmed the keeper’s hands. The Wee Glens did force a second opening and scored what proved to be the winner when Padraig Hughes peeled off to the back post from a cross and sent the ball back across goal for half time substitute Nathan Best to volley into the net.
From there Glentoran lost James McCarthy and Mark Lowe to injuries which meant reshuffling the team. For a spell, Glenavon capitalised on the uncertainty by pressing Glentoran back and creating more opportunities. The Glens fell into a defensive game in the latter stages but defended fairly solidly and had an inspired Paul McLaughlin in goals to keep Glenavon at bay and cling on to a 2-1 victory. Full time Glenavon 1-2 Glentoran
Team: 1. Paul McLaughlin 2. Craig Baird 3. Kai Wardlow 4. William Garrett 5. James McCarthy 6. Jack Henderson 7. Darryl McKenna 8. Eddie Shaw 9. Padraig Hughes 10. Mark Lowe 11. Christopher Conn (1)
Subs: Nathan Best (1) (Garrett 45) Sean Wallace (McCarthy 60) Jamie Glover (Lowe 70)
Ballymena United U20 3-3 Glentoran U20
Wednesday 8 November 2017.
Glentoran travelled to Ballymena on Wednesday evening seeking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to four games.
It proved to be an entertaining and eventful encounter against a strong Ballymena side fielding our former first team captain Stephen alongside other experienced first team players Matthew Shevlin, Emmett Friars, Conor Brennan and Tony Kane. Willie Garrett continued his comeback after two years out of action.
The Wee Glens flew out of the blocks and into a one goal lead after just 15 seconds when Eddie Shaw found Christopher Conn from kick off. Conn cut inside passed two defenders and squared to Jonathan Smith who finished coolly into the bottom corner.
Glentoran oozed class in the opening exchanges and looked likely to score again as Conn, Smith and Kym Nelson proved a handful but it was Ballymena who scored next when they found Shevlin on the counter attack with a defence splitting pass that he raced onto and slotted beyond Matthew Anderson in the Glentoran goal.
The Glens then lost their rhythm as Ballymena took control with Tony Kane influential during a dominant 20 minute spell where they grabbed their second goal.
The Glens rallied and improved but in truth huffed and puffed until half time. Half time: Ballymena United 2-1 Glentoran.
The second half started in much the same vein as the first with Ballymena on top until the Glens changed shape and pushed Padraig Hughes up front to give a focal point to the attack. That helped the Glens re-establish themselves in the game but Ballymena then grabbed a third on a counter attack after a defensive wobble and the game looked over at 3-1.
Jack Henderson entered the fray and added some much needed composure in the middle of the park and coupled with Eddie Shaw’s growing influence on the game the Glens took control of possession again for the last 20 minutes in which they forced a second goal - this one from the penalty spot from Smith for his second before equalising after a smart turn and finish from Hughes.
The Glens pressed for the final 8 minutes in search of a winner but despite forcing a series of corners and some further creative trickery from Conn the killer breakthrough didn’t arrive and an enthralling encounter finished 3-3. Full time: Ballymena United 3-3 Glentoran.
Team: 1. Matthew Anderson 2. Mal Smith 3. James McCarthy 4. Padraig Hughes (1) 5. William Garrett 6. Mark Lowe 7. Christopher Conn 8. Eddie Shaw 9. Jonathan Smith (2) 10. Darryl McKenna 11. Kym Nelson
Subs: Kai Wardlow (Garrett 45) Nathan Best (McKenna 60) Jack Henderson (M. Smith 67)
Glentoran U20 2-2 Coleraine U20
Saturday 21 October 2017.
Glentoran were held to a 2-2 draw today at the Oval against Coleraine and will be disappointed to not come away with all three points having led twice.
The Wee Glens were dealt a blow before kick off when Paul O’Neill pulled up with a calf strain in the warm up leading to a reshuffle of the pack with Alex Lalor moving to centre forward and Jamie Glover coming in on the left.
The Glens didnt let that put them off however and stormed into an early lead when skipper James McCarthy volleyed home a Mark Lowe corner.
We came agonisingly close to doubling the lead through Lalor and then Kai Wardlow before Sean Wallace was denied by Coleraine’s keeper.
The Glens then sat off and allowed Coleraine to grow into the game and paid the price when they scored a well worked equaliser after half an hour. Full Time: Glentoran 1-1 Coleraine
Nathan Best was introduced at half time for Glentoran and had a big impact down the right as he took on the Coleraine full back at every opportunity. Glentoran turned in a markedly improved second half performance in which we dominated possession and re-established our lead through Mark Lowe with a crisp strike from 20 yards after a good set back by Alex Lalor.
The Glens continued to knock on the door but Coleraine stood firm and grabbed an equaliser 15 minutes from the end when David Kee peeled off at the back post to knock a ball back across goal into a crowded goal mouth where it was turned in for 2-2 Full Time: Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine
Finally a word of congratulation must go to Barry Baggley who at the age of just 15 made his u20 debut today - well done Barry!
Team: 1. Paul McLaughlin 2. Craig Baird 3. Kai Wardlow 4. Padraig Hughes 5. James McCarthy 6. Mark Lowe 7. Sean Wallace 8. Eddie Shaw 9. Alex Lalor 10. Darryl McKenna 11. Jamie Glover
Subs: Nathan Best (Glover 45) Barry Baggley (Lowe 65) Mal Smith (for McKenna 70)
Glentoran U20 6-0 Dungannon Swifts U20
Wednesday 25 October 2017.
left to right: Paul O'Neill, Jonathan Smith, Conall Delaney
Glentoran U20s bounced back from their disappointing Intermediate Cup exit at the weekend with a dominant home display against Dungannon.
The Glens set the tone for the evening by going in front inside ten minutes through a neat finish from Paul O’Neill after Conall Delaney cut in from the right past two defenders to put the ball on a plate for Paul.
Mark Lowe picked out Conall with a fantastic cross field pass and it was the same route that lead to the second when Mark took a quick free kick to pick out Conall again.
Delaney weaved his way inside again before picking out O’Neill for his second.
O’Neill completed his hat-trick inside the half hour marked when he raced onto an Eddie Shaw pass to slam past the keeper from 15 yards.
The Glens created other good chances through Lalor, Smith and Gordon as they continued to dominate proceedings but failed to add to the score line before the break Half time: Glentoran 3-0 Dungannon Swifts
Glentoran kept on the offensive in the second half and didn’t have to wait long for number four as O’Neill added to his tally after more good work from Smith and Delaney
Mid way through the half Delaney got in on the action after an excellent team move Conall drove into the box and finished smartly giving the Dungannon keeper no chance.
A fine solo effort from Jonathan Smith rounded off the evening after he picked the ball up 35 yards from goal and drove past three defenders before firing into the roof of the net for 6-0.
A comprehensive result to match a terrific performance from the 20s. Full time: Glentoran 6-0 Dungannon Swifts
Glentoran U20: 1 Ryan Scutt 2 Tre Sterling 3 Kai Wardlow 4 James Ferrin 5 Mark Lowe 6 Eddie Shaw 7 Steven Gordon 8 Conall Delaney 9 Jonathan Smith 10 Alex Lalor 11 Paul O’Neill
Subs: Craig Baird (Ferrin 45) Darryl McKenna (Gordon 45) James McCarthy (Lalor 65)
Glentoran Scorers: O'Neill (4), Smith, Delaney
Bloomfield 2-1 Glentoran U20 (AET)
Saturday 21 October 2017.
Glentoran crashed out of the Intermediate Cup on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat to Bloomfield at Orangefield Park.
The Glens dominated possession throughout but failed to master the conditions on a sticky pitch and couldn’t find their way past an inspired Bloomfield keeper more than once and paid the ultimate price.
Bloomfield took the lead on 20 minutes when a set piece was delivered into the box and met with a looping header which landed into the far side of Paul McLaughlin’s goal. Despite pressing for the remainder of the first half the Glens couldn’t find a way through, missing several good chances. Half time: 1-0 Bloomfield 1-0 Glentoran.
Glentoran finally made a break through 10 minutes into the second half when a pinpoint cross field pass from Tre Sterling was brought down in the box and squared by Paul O’Neill to Alex Lalor for a comfortable finish. Bloomfield refused to cave in however and their keeper remained equal to anything Glentoran could throw at him and he made a string of fine saves to take the game to extra time. Paul O’Neill had a goal ruled out for a dubious offside just before the 90 and so extra time beckoned. Full time: Bloomfield 1-1 Glentoran U20
In extra time the Glens continued to press to no avail and with five minutes to go came the decisive moment when Padraig Hughes was up ended in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. The usually reliable O’Neill took the responsibility and stepped up, he struck it well but again their keeper made a terrific save. The ball came back out and was cleared over the half way line at which point Bloomfield’s striker raced through and scored from 18 yards for 2-1. Soon after the Glens had another goal disallowed for offside and it was clear it was not going to be our day.
Team: 1. Paul McLaughlin 2. Mal Smith 3. James McCarthy 4. William Garrett 5. Padraig Hughes 6. Tre Sterling 7. Mark Lowe 8. Eddie Shaw 9. Darryl McKenna10. Alex Lalor 11. Paul O’Neill Subs: Jamie Glover (Garrett) Jack Henderson (Lowe) Sean Duffy (Shaw)
Cliftonville U20 0-3 Glentoran U20
Saturday 14 October 2017.
An excellent performance from start to finish as a very young Glens side ran out comfortable winners over an older, more experienced Reds fielding four over 20s including experienced first team players Chris Ramsey and Ciaran Caldwell.
Goals from Christopher Conn (2) and Alex Lalor.
Glentoran U20: 1. Paul McLaughlin 2. Mal Smith 3. Jamie Glover 4. Padraig Hughes 5. James McCarthy (c) 6. Mark Lowe 7. Alex Lalor 8. Sean Wallace 9. Paul O’Neill 10. Christopher Conn 11. Darryl McKenna
Subs: Craig Baird for Smith, Ben Cushnie for Lalor, Sean Og Gallagher for Lowe