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Glentoran emerge on top in thrilling win over Portadown

Glentoran's new signing, Curtis allen, celebrates scoring his first goal for the club

Glentoran's new signing, Curtis allen, celebrates scoring his first goal for the club

 

What a blistering Irish Cup tie. The 3-1 scoreline by no means flattered Glentoran – and yet Portadown could have stolen a replay.

It wasn’t until the last kick of the ball that the Glens settled it with debutante Curtis Allen’s second – the Ports entire team, including keeper David Miskelly were deep in Glentoran territory seeking that elusive equaliser, when a breakaway saw the Glens four-to-one in attack, Jordan Stewart slipped it to Allen, and he blasted home.

Aaron Boyd opened the Glens’ account on 18 minutes with a real cracker after the Ports’ defence failed to clear, and Darren Murray made it 1-1 with a hotly disputed penalty.

It rocked the Glens for a while, but they bossed it in the second-half, and only a succession of wonder saves held them at bay until Allen stabbed home the second after Miskelly managed to repel two efforts.

Portadown: Miskelly, Casement, McCafferty, O’Hara, Ramsey, Breen, Ramsey, McMahon (McStay 60m), Mackle (Friars 82m), Murray, Twigg, Mouncey (Barton 65m). Subs not used – Brenna, Rooney.

Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Henderson (McGuigan 75m), Hill, McAlorum, Addis, Birney Allen, Boyd (O’Hanlon 87m), Stewart. Subs not used – Clarke, Bradley, Hogg.

Referee: Arnold Hunter.

 

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