Annagh United celebrate their victory over Glentoran (Picture: Matt Mackey/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Annagh United grabbed all the headlines on a high scoring night of League Cup action with a sensational 3-2 home defeat of Glentoran.
For Annagh, without a win this season prior to the game, it was the biggest result in their history but for Glentoran it heaps further misery on boss Alan Kernaghan after a disappointing start to the campaign.
Despite the eventual outcome Glentoran started brightly and might have grabbed the early advantage through Curtis Allen who saw one effort cleared off the line and another strike an upright.
Paul Matchett's side moved in front on 20 minutes somewhat against the run of play and on the break when Jamie Gardiner lifted the ball beyond the reach of Elliott Morris from the edge of the box.
Then, early in the second half, Glentoran chased the equaliser. Jay Magee fired just over the bar from distance while Allen came close again, this time with a half volley.
The visitors were rocked again just after the hour when Jordan Campbell added a second for United from close range after connecting with a cross from the right.
Glentoran pulled a goal back six minutes later after Ciaran Caldwell's 25-yard drive took a deflection on its way past 'keeper Eoin Hughes.
However, with ten minutes remaining, Steven Park restored Annagh's two-goal cushion when he turned in the box to beat Morris.
There was still to be a grandstand finish, though, when Glentoran skipper for night, Nacho Novo, reduced the deficit again from six yards on 85 minutes.
Allen was then frustrated once more after that when he turned an effort off the crossbar.
But, in the end, it was to be Annagh's night. Nothing was going to deny them that.
Annagh United: Hughes, Richardson, Campbell, Stewart, Taylor, White, Whitten, Park, Gardiner, McClurg, Judge subs Riddle (replaced Taylor 90), McElroy (not used), Smith (not used), Wilson (not used)
Glentoran: Morris, Smyth, Redman, Birney, Magee, Harmon, Caldwell, Foley, Novo, Allen, Lavery subs D. Nelson (not used), Ferrin (not used), Gordon (not used), Kane (replaced Foley 66), Cafolla (not used)
Referee: Shane Andrews
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