Curtis Allen (01)


Curtis Allen celebrates scoring inside the opening minute (©INPHO/Matt Mackey)


A Curtis Allen goal after just 50 seconds was enough to secure the points for Glentoran from this visit to the North Down coast.

Allen grabbed what proved to be the winner with a lobbed finish over Sam Johnston after a long ball over the top fell perfectly into his path.

Gary Liggett might have levelled for Ards a short time later only for his looping header from Nathan Hanley's cross to come back off the woodwork.

Then, at the other end, Glentoran were denied by the fixtures and fittings on 20 minutes after James Knowles twisted and turned only to see his shot stike the inside of a post.

And further chances for the Glens followed with Tiarnan McNicholl seeing an effort well saved while Robbie McDaid had a goalbound header palmed out.

Glentoran continued to dominate after the break. Eoghan McCawl was just inches away from connecting with the ball at the far post when a touch would surely have resulted in a goal while McDaid was denied by a goalline clearance from Callum Byers.

McDaid did have the ball in the net after that, from a McCawl cross, but the 'goal' was ruled out offside.

For Ards, Jonny Frazer came close with a dipping 40-yard effort which Elliott Morris did well to parry while Byers saw a header from a free-kick turned against the woodwork.

Both sides ended the game with ten men. McDaid was dismissed on 88 minutes after collecting a second caution for violent conduct before, deep into stoppage time, Frazer was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Conall Delaney.

Ards: Johnston, Byers, Taylor, Elebert, Glendinning, Frazer, Cherry, Hanley, Liggett, McComb, McAllister subs McMillen (not used), Ruddy (not used), Keke (replaced Liggett 68), Tommons (replaced Hanley 71), McLellan (replaced McComb 77)

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Birney, Addis, Allen, Kerr, McNicholl, Knowles, Redman, McCawl, McDaid subs McMullan (replaced Knowles 87), Kelly (not used), Delaney (replaced McNicholl 72), Gordon (replaced McCawl 76), Smith (not used)

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 1056

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