David Scullion (02)

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David Scullion is congratulated after scoring Glentoran's early winner (Picture: Declan Roughan/PressEye.com)

EARLY SCULLION STRIKE ENOUGH FOR GLENS

Glentoran made it three wins in a row with this narrow defeat of Coleraine at The Oval.

The Glens got off to a perfect start when, as early as the second minute, the ball broke for Curtis Allen who squared it for David Scullion to fire into the unguarded net.

Coleraine might have levelled just short of the half-hour mark when James McLaughlin tested Elliott Morris from 25 yards but the home 'keeper was equal to the challenge.

Then, on 36 minutes, Ruaidhri Higgins botched a clearance to allow Scullion through but his shot ultimately sailed over the bar while, at the other end, Darren McCauley played Jamie McGonigle through but the finish was pulled wide of the target.

Steven McCullough came close for Glentoran three minutes from the break with a curling effort while the Bannsiders squandered a great opportunity ten minutes into the second half when a McGonigle goalbound effort was pushed out by Morris while Ruairi Harkin could only send the rebound wide.

Coleraine did find the net a short time after that but McCauley's 'goal' was ruled out for handball in the build up.

Late in the game Adam Mullan threatened with a long range effort while, for Glentoran, Marcus Kane delivered the ball barely a yard over the bar.

Glentoran: Morris, Holland, Kane, Magee, Addis, Rice, Caldwell, McCullough, Allen, Smith, Scullion subs Hogg (not used), Gibson (replaced Holland 22), McCaffrey (replaced McCullough 79), Morrow (replaced Caldwell 69), Birney (not used)

Coleraine: Johns, Beverland, Mullan, Higgins, Ogilby, McCauley, Harkin, Brown, McGonigle, McLaughlin, Parkhill subs Doherty (not used), Watt (not used), Morrow (replaced Parkhill 50), Kanwischer (replaced McLaughlin 76), Edgar (not used)

Referee: Steven Gregg

Attendance: 1050

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