Glens chief Patterson hits out at players after win

Glentoran's David Scullion and Armagh's Phillip Donnelly in action
Glentoran's David Scullion and Armagh's Phillip Donnelly in action

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson was in no mood to hand out compliments after his team’s nerve-tingling Irish Cup sixth round replay win against little Armagh City at the Oval.

It took a last gasp winner from David Scullion to spare the East Belfast side’s blushes – it was their first home win on home soil in 2014.

Even though Jay Magee shot the Glens into the lead in first half injury time, big striker Stephen Murray silence the home fans by plundering an equaliser 10 minutes from time.

Memories off the embarrassing defeat by Amateur League outfit Newington YC hovered until Scullion popped up in the last minute to win it for the Glens, who will now face Glenavon in the quarter-final on March 10.

“If we play like that Glenavon, we’ll not last too long in this competition,” said Patterson.

“They are a team in form at the moment and the are scoring goals for fun. As far as we are concerned, it’s been one stumble after an other – and this was a prime example..

“There has been a lack of form and a lack of goals – that’s due the fact that we have lost so many key players.

“Richard Clarke and Jimmy Callacher went out in the January transfer window –Ryan O’Neill left the country due to work reasons and now Marcus Kane has picked up an injury that could well rule him out for the rest of the season.

“But we have a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They’ll work hard to prepare for what will be a big test against Ballymena on Friday night.”

Armagh City manager Marty Rice admitted he was gutted when Scullion pounced to grab that late, late, winner.

“We were very close to dream land, having equalised so late on,” he said.

“To be honest, I thought we could have won the game after we drew level.”