IRISH LEAGUE: Alan Kernaghan happy as Glentoran take step in right direction with win over Glenavon

Glentoran's Steven Gordon with Glenavon's Simon Kelly
Glentoran's Steven Gordon with Glenavon's Simon Kelly

Glentoran cemented their place in the top six of the Danske Bank Premiership with Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Glenavon.

It was an important victory for a number of reasons, not least that it was the club’s first in the league since Alan Kernaghan took over as manager.

But what was also hugely important was that it left the Glens four points behind the Lurgan Blues.

Jonathan Smith gave the home side the lead before Steven Gordon ensured all three points with a second goal four minutes from time.

While Kernaghan was delighted with the win he views it merely as a starting point for where he wants his team to be.

“I told the players to enjoy this win but that it is just the start,” he explained.

“We have to kick on now and climb up the league. I’m looking forward to going to Ballinamallard in our next game. I went down recently to see them play Coleraine and it is a great pitch.

“I just hope the weather improves so that we can do the surface justice with some decent football which is what we want to be playing but obviously today the conditions did not allow for that”.

Glenavon chief Gary Hamilton paid tribute to everyone who ventured on to the pitch on a day of incessant rain and swirling winds.

“It is a credit to both sets of players that they managed to produce a decent game of football on a day like that,” said Hamilton.

“For the game itself I thought there wasn’t much between the teams. Glentoran took their chances.”