Glentoran bounce back with victory over Donegal Celtic

Glentoran's Andy Waterworth had a goal disallowed
Glentoran's Andy Waterworth had a goal disallowed


Glentoran bounced back from their controversial Boxing Day derby defeat by Linfield to pocket three Premier League points against Donegal Celtic at the Oval.

Hard working midfielder Richard Clarke fired the East Belfast team into the lead on 25 minutes – his volley ballooning the net before goalkeeper John Connolly could even move, following excellent work on the left by Andy Waterworth and Marcus Kane.

Jimmy Callacher added a second seven minutes later, superbly finishing off a pin-point Stephen Carson free-kick. The midfielder’s header looped over the hand of a despairing Connolly.

Mark Clarke grabbed a killer third goal for the home team on 71 minutes, stabbing the ball in from two yards after Andy Waterworth’s header was saved by Connolly.

And then Stephen Carson capped an impressive afternoon’s work by curling home the goal of the game 60 seconds later after being put through by Callacher.

Celtic’s day of misery was complete moments later when Mark Miskimmon blasted a penalty kick against the crossbar.

Waterworth completed the demolition job in last minute by converting a penalty kick after Jim O’Hanlon was bundled over by Kevin Keegan.

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, R Clarke, Magee (Bradley 84), Ward, Howland, Waterworth, Carson (O’Hanlon 73), M Clarke, Callacher (Gordon 78), Birney. Subs: Hill, McComb.

Donegal Celtic: Connolly, McShane, Bradley (McAllister 52), Deans, Keegan, Miskimmin (McIlkenny 78), McVeigh, Hughes, Burns (Todd 58), Downey, Gargan. Subs: McNamee, Dyer.

Referee: R Hetherington.