Glentoran 1 Dungannon Swifts 1
New boss Alan Kernaghan is still looking for his first Glentoran win.
In fact, Jonathan Smith’s second half equaliser spared Kernaghan’s blushes. It also made amends for an earlier penalty miss.
Andrew Mitchell headed Dungannon Swifts into the lead, but Smith struck just eight minutes later.
But this game will not live long in the memory of the fans who bothered to turn up
Andy Coleman rescued the Swifts on eight minutes, getting down smartly at the near post to keep out a Johnny Addis flick, following Jonathan Smith’s corner kick.
Then Stevie Gordon missed a sitter four minutes later when Stephen McAlorum’s header landed at the feet of the big midfielder, who drilled the ball over the top.
The visitors then had a real let-off off on 16 minutes when Smith’s cross was met by Karl Hamill. The 17 year old’s shot looked to have crossed the line before his was hoofed clear by Dale Montgomery, but referee Ian McNabb wasn’t convinced.
Seconds later, the lively Smith was hauled down by the outstretched leg of David Armstrong and this time the Glengormley official got it right by awarding a spot kick.
Smith stepped up only to see his low effort pawed to safety by Coleman.
Dungannon required 25 minutes before they could muster a threat at the other end with little Alan Teggart skipping past a couple of challenges before firing the ball across the face of the goal.
And, in their next attack midfielder Paul McElory capitalised on an error by Addis and fired in a beauty from 30 yards, that Elliot Morris did brilliantly to flip over the crossbar.
That helped sting the Glens into action and they almost broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when Smith’s well worked corner kick routine picked out Fra McCaffrey, but his low drive came off the legs of defender Andrew Burns.
The Swifts then missed a glorious chance right on the stroke of half-time when Cormac Burke found himself completely free with only Morris to beat, but he shamefully blasted his shot over the crossbar.
The Swifts took the lead on 47 minutes. McElroy’s wonderful cross to the back post was converted by Mitchell, his thumping header giving Coleman no chance.
But the Glens were level eight minutes later. Gordon’s scuffed shot fell perfectly for Smith and he cleverly lofted the ball into the top corner.
Coleman produced the save of the match 19 minutes from time when he managed to beat away a Smith free kick that was hurtling into the top corner.
Glentoran: Morris, Kane (Henderson 77), Gordon, Addis, Holland, McAlorum Caldwell (Cafolla 85), McCullough, Smith, Hamill, McCaffrey.
Subs not used: Hogg, Fearon, O’Hanlon.
Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Montgomery, McCaffrey, Armstrong, Burns, Wilson Lowe (Fitzpatrick 63), Burke (McCullough 85), McElroy, Taggert (Liggett 92), Mitchell.
Subs not used: Douglas, Addis.
Referee: Ian McNabb (Glengormley).