Ryan Mayse (18)


Ryan Mayse celebrates what proved to be the winning goal (Picture: Matt Mackey/PressEye.com)


A Ryan Mayse goal was the difference between the sides at The Oval as Ballinamallard United picked up an important three points.

Curtis Allen might have opened the scoring for the Glens after eight minutes with a well taken free-kick which he curled low around the wall but Richard Brush did well to make the save.

The Mallards moved in front ten minutes after that through Mayse after turning home a David Elliott cross to the back post.

Chris Lavery threatened for Glentoran when he went one-on-one with Brush but the 'keeper did well to once again deal with the danger.

Brush was called into action again to gather an attempted Calum Birney lob before Lavery squandered a chance from inside the box and Stephen O'Flynn fired over the bar.

After the break O'Flynn saw a header cleared off the line before a later Allen nod towards goal was kept out by Brush.

Then, on 78 minutes, Lavery got through on goal but his left-foot drilled effort was once again thwarted by the visiting 'keeper.

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Birney, Magee, Caldwell, Allen, Lavery, Harmon, Addis, Redman, O'Flynn subs Nelson (not used), Smith (replaced Kane 86), Novo (replaced O'Flynn 72), Gordon (not used), McAlorum (replaced Harmon 46)

Ballinamallard United: Brush, Morris, Feeney, McKenna, McCabe, McGinty, Hutchinson, Elliott, McLaughlin, McIlwaine, Mayse subs Crawford (not used), Owens (replaced Morris 46), Taheny (replaced McLaughlin 90), Curran (not used), McMenamin (replaced Hutchinson 72)

Referee: Andrew Davey

Attendance: 1136