Glentoran’s Jay Magee revels in grandstand finish

Glentoran's Jay Magee celebrates
Glentoran's Jay Magee celebrates

Glentoran defender Jay Magee’s ecstasy turned to agony after bagging his first goal of the season in this dramatic Premiership clash against Portadown at the Oval.

The former Glenavon man struck the equaliser with practically the last kick to salvage a point for Eddie Patterson’s team.

But as the home team were given a rousing ovation on their way to the dressing room, Magee’s late party piece was tarnished by the fact that he’ll miss next week’s Irish Cup showdown against the same opponents due to suspension.

“I’m really gutted as it is a massive fixture for both clubs,” he said.

“I’m due to sit out one game after picking up six yellow cards. It has come at a bad time.

“Fortunately, Calum Birney is now back from injury, so it will be a like-for-like replacement.”

Magee sent the home fans delirious with his last gasp leveller, finishing from close range after goalkeeper Billy Brennan had beaten out a vicious drive from young Jordan Stewart, who had shot the Glens into a first half lead.

But Portadown looked to have pocketed all three points with two sensational second half strikes. Darren Murray blasted home his 19th goal of the season with a wicked shot from the edge of the box before Chris Casement thundered in a wonderful drive from 30 yards.

“I thought we played well in the first half – there was only one team in it, but we didn’t we just didn’t come out for the second,” added Magee.

“They scored two smashing goals, especially Casement’s effort. But we didn’t deal with their first one very well – it was a sloppy goal to concede. A long punt up the pitch that we failed to get to grips with. If you give Murray a chance, he’ll put it away.”

Meanwhile, Ports boss RonnieMcFall admits there has been no recent developments on the possible transfer of controversial striker Kevin Braniff.

“We have received inquiries from Glentoran, Linfield, Cliftonville and Sligo Rovers,” said the manager.

“Apparently, Linfield and Sligo intend to put in an offer, probably suggesting a player-exchange arrangement, but so far that hasn’t happened.

“I would certainly would prefer to deal on a player-exchange basis, but then again, it all depends on what players are involved.”

Glentoran midfielder Richard Clarke also appears to be heading out of the Oval.

The Castlederg man has refused new terms and is the target of at least two other clubs.

“We have offered Richard a contract, but he turned it down,” said Glens boss Eddie Patterson. “We couldn’t offer him the same terms as what he was -- our financial problems have been well documented.

“We’ve have a couple of inquiries, but no-one will be going out the door unless we get someone in, so possibly a deal can be struck.”