Mark Hughes and John McGuigan in action (©INPHO/Freddie Parkinson)
Friday, 07 September 2018
Glentoran swept to a comfortable victory over Newry City at The Oval to move into third spot on the table.
Two goals either side of the half-hour mark handed the Glens the advantage going in at the break.
Curtis Allen opened the scoring on 29 minutes with a left-footed effort from an acute angle that went past keeper Andy Coleman in off an upright.
Then, three minutes after that, Robbie McDaid added a second following a scramble in the Newry box before the ball eventually crossed the line.
However, the visitors pulled a goal back early in the second half. Mark Hughes swung over a cross which Declan Carville knocked on into the box before Conall Delaney got the final touch to knock the ball home at the far post.
But Marcus Kane restored Glentoran's two-goal advantage on the hour when he rose highest to meet a corner and head number three past Coleman.
The goal of the game came with eight minutes remaining through substitute Dylan Davidson. He was only on the pitch a minute or so before unleashing a terrific 35-yard drive that dipped just underneath the bar on its way into the net.
Newry might have had a stoppage time consolation when Calum Birney a penalty but Stephen Hughes was unable to convert after Elliott Morris got enough of a touch to turn the ball onto the post.
Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane, Birney, Herron, Allen, McGuigan, McDaid, Pepper, Gordon, Redman subs Nelson (not used), McMahon (replaced McGuigan 86), Davidson (replaced Garrett 81), Crowe (not used), Byrne (replaced McDaid 46), Ferrin (not used), McCarthy (not used)
Newry City: Coleman, Mooney, King, McCann, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, McCaul, Delaney, Montgomery subs Maguire (not used), Walker (replaced McCann 70), Johnston (not used), Rushe (replaced Mooney 85), Teggart (not used), McArdle (replaced Delaney 70), Mullen (not used)
Referee: Jamie Robinson