Ballinamallard boss fumes after Glentoran's controversial winner
Ballinamallard United 1 Glentoran 2
Glentoran got their season off to a winning start on Saturday but there was more than a touch of controversy over the late winner that sunk Ballinamallard United.
With 88 minutes on the clock and the game level at 1-1, Curtis Allen netted his second goal of the game but appeared to put the ball into the net with his hand.
Despite the protests from the home players, the goal stood and the Glens secured the three points which manager Gary Haveron felt that they deserved on the day.
"We have dominated the football for most of the game and if we had been a bit more clinical we wouldn't have needed a late goal," he said.
"I didn't really see it (Allen's goal). The ball came into the box and there was a couple of boys who went up for it and it has ended up in the top corner. We'll take any result because it was what we deserved.
"You don't always get what you deserve in football but I think today we did," he said.
It was the Mallards who had taken the lead through a Ryan Curran penalty on the half hour mark only for Allen to level with a tidy close range finish eight minutes later.
Allen and John McGuigan caused the Mallards problems over the course of the contest with the pair impressing Haveron.
"They are two boys who work their socks off and if you have that you have something to work with. John's energy is second to none, he will run the channels all day and Curtis' energy is fantastic and he gets goals," he stated.
And Haveron says that they will go into tomorrow night's game against Dungannon Swifts full of confidence.
"Dungannon are a class act, they get the ball down and pass it, but I like to focus on us. We'll bounce into Tuesday night after this result and the performance we got from the players," said Haveron.
Ballinamallard boss Gavin Dykes was disappointed that Allen's late effort was allowed to stand by the officials.
"Everybody in the ground seen he put it in with his hand," he said.
"I never slate officials but it is a terrible decision. We can't have things like that happening - the referees assessor is down here and I hope he takes action against it."