Striker Mark Miskimmin opened his goal account for the season in this 2-0 League Cup victory over battling Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park.
It was the former Donegal Celtic player’s first domestic appearance after serving a three-game ban, carried over form last term.
And, he required only 33 minutes to get off the mark, hammering home a spot kick after he was taken out by Comrades skipper Andrew Boyle, who was later dismissed.
Defender Nigel Birney sealed the victory by heading a second midway through the second half. But this was by no means a classic, played on a bumpy pitch in semi-darkness due to the inadequacy of the County Antrim’s club’s flood lighting system.
The Glens shot from the blocks and almost grabbed the lead on two minutes when Jimmy Callacher’s long searching pass picked out Jordan Hughes, who crossed for Niall Henderson to hammer a shot inches wide.
Lively Henderson then cleverly combined with Hughes, who let fly from distance, but failed to trouble Paddy Flood.
Goalkeeper Elliottt Morris, making his 500th appearance for the Glens, almost handed the home team a shock opener on 17 minutes when he was caught in possession by Adam McCart, who shamefully rolled his shot wide off a gaping goal.
Miskimmin then forced Flood into a stunning save on 32 minutes -- the keeper somehow managed to hold on to the big striker’s volley, following a Hughes corner kick.
But Miskimmin had better luck seconds later when he was brutally hauled down by Doyle inside the box and referee Andrew Davey had no hesitation in awarding a penalty kick, which was expertly converted by the former Glenavon man.
Doyle, who was yellow-carded early on following a horrible challenge on Henderson, was then dismissed three minutes before the break -- this time for another -x-rated foul on Richard Clarke.
Ten-man Comrades emerged from their half-time cuppa with renewed vigour. Kyle Agnew decided to go it alone on 48 minutes and, after cutting in from the right, he sent in a raking drive that Morris was forced to flip over the top.
But the Glens should really have killed it off on 58 minutes when Hughes picked up a neat flick from Miskimmon but his finish lacked conviction, the ball spilling into the arms of Flood.
Seconds later David Scullion gobbled up a measured Clarke pass only to see his low drive beaten away by the legs the over-worked Flood.
Birney did put the game to bed on 65 minutes when he joined his front men for a Hughes corner kick and his bullet header flashed into the top corner.
Little substitute Jordan Stewart almost added a third, but his shot was superbly saved by Flood following a dazzling solo dash.