Both managers refused to let a highly publicised final whistle fracas overshadow a thrilling encounter at the Showgrounds.
Glens boss Eddie Patterson belatedly arrived for his post-match press conference, but he had good reason for keeping the media waiting, as he tied up the loose ends of an extended deal with teenage starlet Jordan Stewart.
The diminutive 18-year-old made light of the atrocious weather conditions to score his first senior goals for the Oval side.
“He could have had a hat-trick but he’s an exciting wee player,” smiled Patterson.
“We invited his mother and father up today to get things sorted out and we’ve come to an agreement for him to sign for the next two-and-a-half years.
“We said when I took over here that it was a rebuilding programme.
“We’ve had massive budget cuts but its kids like Jordan Stewart, Jim O’Hanlon, John McGuigan, Callum Birney and Kevin Bradley are the people who are going to have to take us to the next level.
“We have a big future if we can keep these guys together.
Stewart levelled after Alan Teggart had given United a first half lead but goals from Jim O’Hanlon and Marcus Kane inside the opening seven minutes of the second half put the Glens in control.
Substitute Gary Liggett cut the deficit for United but almost immediately, Stewart restored Glentoran’s two-goal advantage before Teggart scored his second for United with the last kick of the game.
“It was difficult conditions and I think Ballymena adapted to it better than we did in the first half,” said Patterson.
“Thanks to Jordan Stewart we came in at 1-1 at half-time when we could have come in two or three down.
“There were a few harsh words from the coaching staff at half-time and that was the spur to send the players on to do what they did.”
A run of four wins and a draw from their last five games has seen the Glens creep almost unnoticed into third position in the Danske Bank Premiership.
“We’re delighted with the way things are going. September time we had a lot of injuries and a couple of suspensions but we’re now starting to get a more stable, settled side,” added Patterson.
United boss Glenn Ferguson pointed to Allan Jenkins’ first half effort which crashed off the underside of the bar with Ballymena leading 1-0 as a pivotal moment.
“It’s fine margins between winning and losing games and if we had scored a second goal at that time, the chances are that they wouldn’t have scored before half-time.
“We would have been fairly comfortable at 2-0 with something to hold onto and they would have had to chase the game which would have stretched them.”