Curtis Allen celebrates the first of his three goals (Picture: Russell Pritchard/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Curtis Allen bagged the match ball after his hat-trick helped Glentoran to a thumping defeat of Warrenpoint Town.
The game got off to a blistering start with two goals inside the opening seven minutes.
The Glens moved in front on three minutes when Allen knocked home the rebound after his initial effort was blocked by 'keeper Martin Marron.
But 'Point got back on level terms soon after when Daniel Hughes intercepted a short Jay Magee back pass to beat Elliott Morris.
The scoring continued just after the quarter-of-an-hour mark after Marcus Kane met a Niall Henderson corner from the left to nod the ball home at the near post.
Warrenpoint levelled within seven minutes again with Mark Hughes volleying beyond Morris at the far post.
However, Glentoran regained the advantage for a third time on 31 minutes with Allen's second of the game, a cool follow up after a Stephen McAlorum shot from distance was palmed out by Marron.
Warrenpoint were then reduced to ten men on 38 minutes when Daniel Hughes was dismissed for a second bookable offence following a challenge on Henderson.
And they lost another man on 66 minutes when Ciaran Gargan was shown a straight red card following a clash with Henderson.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the Glens went onto extend their lead on 79 minutes with a Kym Nelson far post finish from a Henderson cross.
The scoring was completed five minutes later when Allen grabbed his hat-trick with a close range header after the ball came back off the crossbar.
Warrenpoint Town: Marron, Gargan, M. Hughes, McVeigh, S. Hughes, McCabe, D. Hughes, Devlin, Moan, Breen, Boyle subs O'Connor (replaced Boyle 70), Smith (not used), Havern (not used), McCreanor (not used), Grant (replaced M. Hughes 70)
Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Magee, Scullion, Allen, Stewart, Henderson, Addis, McAlorum, Holland, McCullough subs O'Hanlon (replaced Stewart 76), Nelson (replaced Kane 46), Gordon (replaced Magee 84), McKee (not used), Hogg (not used)
Referee: Raymond Hetherington
|Ciaran Gargan||20, 66|
|Daniel Hughes||28, 38||07,23|