DUNGANNON SWIFTS 0 GLENTORAN 1
William Garrett scored his first goal as Glentoran got the new year off to a winning start with a slender victory at Dungannon Swifts today.
The 22-year-old scored the only goal of a scrappy game in the first half, heading home from close range, to secure the points.
It lifted the Glens, who finished with 10 men, up to fourth in the table.
They had to play the final 17 minutes a man short after Aaron Boyd, already booked for a strong challenge, was shown a second yellow card.
The winning goal came in the 15th minute after a Marcus Kane shot was turned away for a corner.
Jordan Stewart’s delivery was played to the back post, finding Garrett who headed home from close range.
Glentoran nearly doubled their lead in the 29th minute but Mark Miskimmin took too many touches. He eventually squared to David Scullion, but his shot was blocked by a defender.
The Glens went close again in the 57th minute when a goal-kick was charged down by Boyd, looped back over the goalkeeper but struck the post.
At the other end Jamie Glackin sent a glancing header wide from Kris Lowe’s cross while Darren Boyce saw a right-footed drive go just wide.
Boyd’s dismissal left the visitors down to 10 men, but they had chances to wrap the game up.
Substitute Richard Clarke’s strike was tipped wide by Buchanan, while an audacious long-range free-kick from goalkeeper Elliott Morris landed just wide.
DGN SWIFTS: Buchanan, Lowe (Tomelty, 67), McMinn, Brennan, McCaffrey, Hutchinson, Fitzpatrick, Topley (Costello, 76), Hazley, Glackin, Boyce
Subs not used: McCullough, S Lavery, McConnell
GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Hill, Magee, Addis, McAlorum, Kane, Scullion (O’Hanlon, 84), Stewart, Boyd, Miskimmin (R Clarke, 62)
Subs not used: Henderson, McGuigan, Bradley
Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)