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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 25 October 2019 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: The Oval

Attendance: 1787

Referee: Tim Marshall

Glentoran home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Marcus Kane 82'
  •   Robbie McDaid 58'
  •   Hrvoje Plum 51'
  •   Cathair Friel 45+4'
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Marcus Kane celebrates scoring Glentoran's third goal ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter

GLENS SWEEP TO FRIDAY NIGHT OVAL VICTORY

Glentoran produced a storming second half performance to defeat Ballymena United at The Oval after falling behind in first half stoppage time.

The game got off to a quiet start with the first effort of note not arriving until almost a quarter-of-an-hour had elapsed when Robbie McDaid fired just wide from outside the box following a good build up.

Glentoran threatened again on 28 minutes when United keeper Ross Glendinning was forced into a save to thwart Elvio van Overbeek at the near post.

Ballymena's clearest effort came just after the half-hour mark through Leroy Millar but even though his header was on target it didn't beat Marijan Antolovic while, a couple of minutes from the break, Cathair Friel came closer but failed to get a strong enough connection to a ball from the right.

The deadlock was finally broken in first half stoppage time when the visitors were awarded a spot-kick after Conor Pepper had fouled Jude Winchester.

Friel stepped up but his penalty was comfortably pushed out by Antolovic but the United striker pounced to touch home the rebound despite Antolovic almost making a second save but referee Tim Marshall adjudged the ball had crossed the line.

However, perhaps reeling from a sense of injustice, Glentoran levelled just six minutes into the second half courtesy of Hrvoje Plum's finish following some good work by McDaid.

Then, seven minutes after that, McDaid turned the game on its head with a close range header to edge the Glens in front for the first time after Navid Nasseri's left-sided cross was twice deflected into his path.

And the Glens secured the points with eight minutes left after Plum delivered a corner from the right for Marcus Kane to rise above Josh Kelly to nod home.

Glentoran: Antolovic, Kane, Peers, Gallagher, McDaid, McClean, Pepper, Crowe, O'Neill, Plum, van Overbeek subs Morris (not used), Frazer (replaced van Overbeek 87), Herron (not used), Murray (not used), Stewart (replaced O'Neill 69), Nasseri (replaced Crowe 53), Gordon (not used)

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Addis, Harpur, Friel, McCullough, Andrew Burns, McGrory, Winchester, Ervin, Millar, Kelly subs Willamson (not used), Mayse (replaced Burns 79), McGinty (replaced Winchester 65), K. Kane (not used), Carville (not used), Balmer (not used), Lavery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Glentoran   3 - 1 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    Marijan Antolović

    Unregistered Players

    45+4'
  • GOAL

    Cathair Friel

    Carrick Rangers

    45+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor Pepper

    Linfield

    45+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Elvio van Overbeek

    Unregistered Players

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    Carrick Rangers

    87'
  • GOAL

    Marcus Kane

    Glentoran

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Mayse

    Dungannon Swifts

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jim Ervin

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul O'Neill

    Cliftonville

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cameron Stewart

    Glentoran

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shane McGinty

    Dungannon Swifts

    65'
  • GOAL

    Robbie McDaid

    Glentoran

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe Crowe

    Glentoran

    53'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Linfield

    53'
  • GOAL

    Hrvoje Plum

    Glentoran

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Robbie McDaid

    Glentoran

    35'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    23'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    16'

Glentoran

  • Marijan Antolović 45+4'
  • Marcus Kane 82'
  • Gavin Peers
  • Chris Gallagher
  • Robbie McDaid 35' 58'
  • Patrick McClean
  • Conor Pepper 45+3'
  • Joe Crowe red substitution 53'
  • Paul O'Neill red substitution 69'
  • Hrvoje Plum 51'
  • Elvio van Overbeek red substitution 87'

Substitutes

  • Elliott Morris
  • Jonathan Frazer green substitution 87'
  • John Herron
  • Darren Murray
  • Cameron Stewart green substitution 69'
  • Navid Nasseri green substitution 53'
  • Steven Gordon

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Ryan Harpur
  • Cathair Friel 45+4'
  • Steven McCullough 16'
  • Andrew Burns 23' red substitution 79'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Jude Winchester red substitution 65'
  • Jim Ervin 74'
  • Leroy Millar
  • Joshua Kelly

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ryan Mayse green substitution 79'
  • Shane McGinty green substitution 65'
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Declan Carville
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Ross Lavery

Glentoran

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Ballymena United

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