Curtis Allen scored Glentoran's winner (©INPHO/Matt Mackey)
Tuesday, 06 February 2018
Glentoran came from behind to claim the points from Ballinamallard United's visit to The Oval.
Curtis Allen thought he had opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute only for his 'goal' to be ruled out for a foul on a Mallards defender.
A couple of minutes later at the other end a mistake in the home defence let Joshua McIlwaine through only for his effort to go narrowly wide.
Then, on ten minutes, a corner reached Alex O'Hanlon who crossed for William Garrett but his shot went just over.
The deadlock was broken in Ballinamallard's favour on 34 minutes when a long range effort from Jonathan Leddy was parried back across the face of goal for Sean Noble to tap home.
The Mallards were reduced to ten men three minutes from the break after 'keeper Richard Brush rushed out to bring down Allen as the striker attempted to take the ball round him.
Ryan Curran almost doubled Ballinamallard's lead on the hour only to head against the crossbar.
Brush was replaced in goal by James McKenna, and he was beaten on 68 minutes when Garrett got his head to corner to direct the ball home.
It was 2-1 on 82 minutes when Allen showed his poachers instincts to fire into the net after the ball fell loose from a Peter McMahon shot ... and moments after that David Kee became the second Ballinamallard player to be sent-off after collecting a second caution for dissent.
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Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Birney, McMahon, Allen, McGuigan, Kerr, Knowles, Redman, O'Hanlon subs Addis (replaced Garrett 80), McNicholl (replaced O'Hanlon 89), K. Nelson (not used), Kelly (not used), McDaid (replaced McGuigan 69)
Ballinamallard United: Brush, Kerr, Smyth, O'Reilly, McLaughlin, Hutchinson, McKenna, Leddy, Curran, McIlwaine, Noble subs Kee (replaced Hutchinson 43), Clarke (not used), McGinty (replaced Noble 65), Mailey (not used), McCartney (replaced McIlwaine 55)
Referee: Ian McNabb