A late late blast gave Glentoran what looked like a comfortable three points at Ferney Park on Saturday.
But the Glens collected the three points to virtually ensure their top six finish in the Danske Premier League in a tight battle with Ballinamallard, scoring two late late goals to add a little gloss to their score.
With the game looking like stalemate, a cross from the right by Niall Henderson found substitute Curtis Allen on the edge of the six yard box. Given too much room, he swivelled and shot home to set the Glens on their way.
Then two goals in the closing minutes gave the Oval side breathing space.
On 90 minutes Fra McCaffery drove a ball in from the left to score.
Then on 94 minutes Glentoran scored a third when Ballinamallard were caught on the counter. A lovely defence splitting pass found McCaffrey again who stroked home from 25 yards.
Eddie Patterson Glentoran manager felt his side should have gone in a the break two or three up.
“It was a good finish by Curtis Allen to set us on our way, he said.
“The second goal settled us right down and fortunately we got the third. But at the end of the day coming down here is never easy. Three points was paramount, irrespective of what the scoreline was going to be.
“What we have to do now is set our sights on our next target. We’re six points behind third place with a game in hand. So we’ll start seeing now. Hopefully get three points next week and then set our target for the rest of the season.”
Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson said: “They get the goal and we pushed on and in the end they caught us with two counter attack goals. But at the end of the day the 3-0 scoreline was not a 3-0 game. The reality is that at 0-0 at half time I was happy. It was scrappy.”