Luckas Gwiazda scored twice inside the first ten minutes (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 09 February 2019
Glentoran swept to a comprehensive five-goal victory over Warrenpoint Town at Milltown.
The Glens needed just 80 seconds to open the scoring when Luckas Gwiazda got his head to a Chris Gallagher corner to beat Jared Thompson.
Then, on seven minutes, another Gallagher set piece - a free-kick - once again reached the head of Gwiazda who, again, directed it beyond the 'Point keeper.
Darren Murray added a third for the rampant Glens against his old club on 24 minutes. Gallagher again provided the assist, a corner this time, for Murray to turn a close range finish over the line.
It got even worse for Warrenpoint. After half-an-hour Ciaran O'Connor was dismissed for dissent before, five minutes later, Fra McCaffrey was also sent-off, this time for violent conduct after a challenge on John Herron.
And the nine men fell further behind on the stroke of half-time when Murray doubled his tally. Robbie McDaid squared the ball from the right for Murray to slot the ball home from an acute angle.
Warrenpoint might have pulled a goal back on 69 minutes when they were awarded a penalty but Mark Griffin's spot-kick was comfortably saved by Dwayne Nelson.
At the other end Gwiazda was denied his hat-trick on 72 minutes when his header was tipped over by Thompson.
But Glentoran did grab their fifth with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining. McDaid sent over a low cross from the left but, under pressure from Curtis Allen, 'Point defender Stephen Moan could only divert the ball into his own net.
Warrenpoint Town: Thompson, Foster, Moan, O'Sullivan, McCaffrey, Scannell, O'Connor, Wallace, Donnelly, Hernany Marques, Magowan subs Turker (not used), Hughes (not used), Reilly (not used), Griffin (replaced Hernany Marques 27), M. Lynch (replaced Donnelly 36), Duffy (not used), Young (replaced O'Sullivan 62)
Glentoran: Nelson, Garrett, Kane, Birney, Gallagher, Herron, McDaid, Kerr, Pepper, Murray, Gwiazda subs Morris (not used), McMahon (not used), Allen (replaced Gallagher 57), Henderson (not used), McCarthy (replaced Garrett 58), O'Neill (not used), Smith (replaced Herron 78)
Referee: Andrew Davey
|Hernany Macedo Marques||27|
|Darren Murray||24,45 +1|