Curtis Allen (19)
Stephen McAlorum (56)


Stephen McAlorum punches the air after sealing Glentoran's victory (Picture: William Cherry/


Glentoran produced a workmanlike performance to keep their push for Europe alive at The Oval.

Curtis Allen had a couple of early chances for the Glens, testing Coleman on the third and eighth minutes.

But Allen did open the scoring on 19 minutes after meeting a Kym Nelson ball to fire at the second attempt past the visiting 'keeper.

Jamie Glackin and Jamie Douglas came close for the Swifts as they responded well to going a goal down but, with five minutes of the first half remaining, Jordan Stewart thought he had made it 2-0 only for his headed goal to be ruled out offside.

Terry Fitzpatrick might have levelled for the Swifts four minutes into the second half only to poke the loose ball over the bar after Elliott Morris failed to hold onto a Douglas cross.

Glentoran's second goal did arrive on 56 minutes courtesy of a diving Stephen McAlorum header from a Barry Holland ball from the right.

And David Scullion might have added another later in the half with an effort from a Stewart backheel which Coleman did well to tip over.

Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, McCaffrey, Birney, Allen, Stewart, Henderson, McAlorum, Nelson, Holland subs Scullion (replaced McCaffrey 73), Addis (replaced Garrett 71), Gordon (replaced Nelson 68), McKee (not used), Hogg (not used)

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Burns, Brennan, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Harpur, Fitzpatrick, Wilson, Glackin, Liggett, Douglas subs McCullough (not used), Lavery (replaced Douglas 51), Young (not used), Mitchell (replaced Liggett 75), Hutchinson (not used)

Referee: Fyodor Zammit

Attendance: 950

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