Linfield booked their place in the quarter-finals of the NIFL League Cup with a tense penalty shootout victory over Glentoran.
Skipper Michael Gault’s decisive spotkick sealed a 4-2 shootout triumph after both teams failed to find the net during 120 minutes of lacklustre action.
Glentoran had Mark Clarke sent off for two bookable offences in the second half but the home side comfortably held out for penalties.
Former Glens star Andy Waterworth missed the opening spotkick for the Blues, but failed attempts from John McGuigan and Jordan Hughes paved the way for Gault’s eventual winner.
It was some rare excitement at the end of a dull derby in East Belfast.
Glentoran shaded the opening half with Jonathan Tuffey the busier of the two goalkeepers - the Blues shotstopper denying Richard Clarke and Jimmy Callacher in the opening 10 minutes.
Two bookings in the space of five minutes for Mark Clarke saw the Glens reduced to 10 men in the second half.
The first came following a late challenge on Jamie Mulgrew in the 50th minute, with the second arriving after a heated exchange involving officials and players from both sides after Elliott Morris had been booked for time wasting.
The cup tie always appeared to be destined to go the distance, with extra time witnessing few goalmouth chances.
The game would be decided by the dreaded penalty shootout, with Gault holding his nerve to seal the 4-2 win.
GLENTORAN: Morris, O’Neill, Hill, Addis, Birney, M. Clarke, Callacher, McAlorum, R. Clarke (McGuigan 90), Kane, O’Hanlon (Scullion 68, Hughes 85)).
Subs not used: Bradley, Henderson, Hughes.
LINFIELD: Tuffey, McVey, Gault, Waterworth, Lowry (McCaul 68), Thompson (Tipton 43), Carvill (A. Burns 87), BJ Burns, Ward, Mulgrew, Quinn.
Subs not used: Knowles, Ervin. Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon).