Glentoran boost European prospects with 2-0 win over Dungannon Swifts

Glentoran's Fra McCaffery with Dungannon's David Armstrong
Glentoran's Fra McCaffery with Dungannon's David Armstrong

GLENTORAN 2 DUNGANNON 0

Glentoran eased to victoty over Dungannon Swifts at the Oval courtesy of goals from Curtis Allen and Stephen McAlorum.

The victory keeps Eddie Patterson’s team on track for a European qualification place – they are now only three points behind both Cliftonville and Portadown, with only five Premiership games remaining.

It was hardly surprising that Glens boss Patterson named the same team that defeated Crusaders in the Irish Cup semi-final last weekend.

Dungannon chief Darren Murphy made two changes to his team which grabbed a draw at Portadown last time out, drafting in goalkeeper Andy Coleman and centre back David Armstrong.

Glentoran almost took the lead on three minutes but Swifts goalkeeper Andy Coleman pulled off a sensational save to deny Allen.

The home team broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when Kym Nelson whipped in a cross from the left and Allen made no mistake with a stinging left footed drive.

Dungannon tried to hit back with Jamie Glackin producing a sensational solo run only to see his shot saved by Elliott Morris.

And, the shot stopper then had to look lively to beat out away a vicious Jamie Douglas free kick.

Glentoran thought they had scored again on 38 minutes when Jordan Stewart headed home a Willie Garrett cross, but Maltese referee Fyodor Zammit deemed the effort was offside.

Dungannon should have been back into it after the break when Glackin’s cross was met by Andrew Burns, whose shot was whacked off the line by Calum Birney.

Terry Fitzpatrick then shot over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

But the visitors paid the ultimate price for those missed opportunities as the fell further behind on 56 minutes. Barry Holland’s deep cross was met at the back post by McAlorum, whose diving header gave Coleman no chance.

Substitute David Scullion almost grabbed a sensational third for the Glens late on by his flying volley was somehow pawed over the crossbar by Coleman.

Glentoran: Morris, Garrett (Addis 71), Kane, McCaffery (Scullion 73), Birney, Allen, Stewart, Henderson, McAlorum, Nelson (Gordon 68), Holland.

Subs not used: McKee, Hogg.

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Burns, Brennan, Armstrong, O’Rourke, Harpur, Fitzpatrick, Wilson, Glackin, Liggett (Mitchell 74), Douglas (Lavery 52).

Subs not used: McCullough, Young, Hutchinson.

Referee: F Zammit (Malta).