Four-star Glens shine to keep up their Euro assault
Glentoran 4-0 Ballinamallard
Glentoran last night turned up the heat as they chase down a European qualification slot.
The East Belfast boys swatted away the challenge of Ballinamallard United at the Oval to nudge to within three points of fourth placed Cliftonville.
Goals from Curtis Allen, who bagged a double, Stephen Gordon and Francis McCaffrey, kept the Glens on course for that money-spinning top three place.
Glentoran got off to a blistering start with Allen firing them ahead after only four minutes.
McCaffrey's cross was knocked back across the face of goal, leaving the in-form striker to gobble up his 17th goal of the season with the flick of his head.
The hosts struck again on 31 minutes following a defensive calamity. Marcus Kane picked the pocket of Liam McMenamin on the by-line and when he drilled the ball into the box, Gordon was first to react.
His low shot lasered into the bottom corner past a startled Fergal Murphy.
The Glens did bag the killer third on 58 minutes with Stewart's vision picking out Allen marauding through the middle, who elegantly flicked the ball over the head of the out-rushing Murphy.
McCaffrey then got the goal he deserved 20 minutes from the finish. Allen laid on an inch perfect pass and the ex-Dundalk man did the rest.
Glentoran: Morris, Gray, Garrett (Addis 77), Birney, Kane, Gordon (McKee 77), Nelson, McAlorum (McCullough 46), Stewart, McCaffrey, Allen. Subs not used: Scullion, Hogg.
Ballinamallard United: F Murphy, McMenamin, Stafford, Martin (Connor 82), Hutchinson, McCartney, Currie, McKenna, Beacom (Lafferty 61), Courtney (Campbell 46), McLaughlin. Subs not used: A Murphy, Crilly.
Referee: S Taylor (Belfast).