The only game without goals in Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership was played out at the Oval – but both sets of fans were kept entertained throughout.
It was one of those enjoyable stalemates with both sides enjoying good spells of play.
Stephen McAlorum had the first opportunity on five minutes, dispossessing Cathal Beacom to start a move before seeing his shot saved by Fergal Murphy.
Jim O’Hanlon showed a great burst of pace shortly afterwards to ghost past for Ballinamallard defenders but shooting over from the edge of the box.
Ballinamallard then took the initaitive and thought almost opened the scoring through Ryan Campbell. He hit the upright after being expertly put through by Beacom.
Then Nathan Cashal, making his first start for the Fermanagh club, misfired after Andy Crawford, who had chased down a long clearance, had teed him up.
But the Glens had the momentum going into the break and went close with an audatious 25 yard volley from David Scullion.
The hosts were slow to start and could have fallen behind when Beacom raced forward and flashed a shot across the face of goal.
Murphy, in the away goal, denied both a David Howland drive and a Jonathan Addis close range effort around the hour mark.
Jason Hill came to the rescue at the other end, heading a Jason McCartney header off the line, and with 15 minutes to go substitute Jordan Hughes shot over following appeals for a penalty when Glentoran claimed that a Ballinamallard hand had blocked a McAlorum effort.
Glentoran: Morris, O’Neill, Scullion, Howland, Clarke, Hill, McAlorum, Callacher, Addis, O’Hanlon, Birney. Subs: Hughes (O’Hanlon 66), Henderson (Clarke 66), McComb, Bradley (Hill 85), Stewart.
Ballinamallard: Murphy, McConkey, Keohane, Carters, Stafford, Cashel, Crawford, McCartney, Currie, Beacom, Campbell. Subs: McKenna, Feeney (Cashal 76), McManus (Crawford 84), Beacon (McConkey 73), Edgar.
Referee: Ian McNabb