Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran 7 Killymoon Rangers 0

Glentoran went one better than their weekend efforts as they breezed past Killymoon Rangers into the Irn Bru League Cup third round last night.

Scott Young's men blew the Championship Two side away with a trio of strikes in the opening 10 minutes at the Oval and another three in the final 14 minutes ensured a 7-0 romp.

The Glens took the lead after only four minutes when midfielder David Howland refused to give up a lost cause on the byline.

His tenacious determination resulted in the ball running into the path of Jim O'Hanlon who beat Killymoon keeper Gareth McElhatton at his near post from an acute angle.

The shellshocked vistors barely had time to regroup before Stephen Carson doubled the Glens' lead on eight minutes — and again McElhatton was left red-faced.

Northern Ireland international Carson was sent clear on the left after a perfectly-weighted ball from Howland and the winger picked his spot.

And it didn't get any better for Killymoon on 10 minutes, when Gary Hamilton bagged the goal of the night.

O'Hanlon's cross from the right was slightly too high for the former Northern Ireland striker but, leaning back, he controlled the ball on his head before acrobatically volleying into the far corner, giving McElhatton no chance.

After a monotonous half hour, the Glens introduced Martin Murray and Richard Clarke at the interval for young right-back Matthew Johnston and goalscorer O'Hanlon, and this time it took them 11 minutes to add a fourth to their tally after the re-start.

A minute after clipping the top of the bar, Hamilton let fly with an unstoppable low drive from 22 yards.

Clarke escaped with a yellow card after Gary Crooks was stretchered off following a coming together before the a Glens threatened again — this time rampaging defender Sean Ward hit the post with a long-range effort.

McElhatton certainly atoned for his earlier gaffes when he produced as good a save as you're likely to see all season when he palmed Richard Gibson's close-range strike over the bar.

After another close-range miss, former Ballymena hitman Gibson got on the scoresheet, heading home Hamilton’s inswinging corner. Sub Darren Boyce pounced twice in the final six minutes to seal a comfortable passage to the third round.

GLENTORAN: Hogg, Johnston (Murray 46), Ward, Taylor, Hill, O'Hanlon (Clarke 46), Callacher (Boyce 75), Howland, Carson, Hamilton, Gibson. Subs not used: Beggs, Burrows.

KILLYMOON RANGERS: G McElhatton, Scott, Ferry, S McElhatton, Fearson, McMullan, Ferguson, Crooks (O'Hagan 59), Brownlee (Stewart 72), Smith, Young (McGaw 79). Subs not used: Brown, Shannon.

Referee: Peter McGrath (Newtownabbey)

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