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Niall Henderson: Glentoran can add a mean streak

Dungannon 2 - Glentoran 3

By Adrian Rutherford

Niall Henderson believes Glentoran are playing some of the best football in the Irish League - but says they must back it up with results on the pitch.

The ex-Dungannon Swifts midfielder came off the bench to head the winner against his former club in a pulsating five-goal clash which showcased the best of the Glens' stylish football, but also the defensive frailties which have held them back.

And Henderson believes anything is possible if they can add a bit more solidity to their game.

"If you look at the league the results are wide open," he said.

"We haven't set ourselves targets and we are taking it game by game.

"But there is no doubt, watching us play at times, we are playing the best brand of football in the league.

"At the end of the day you don't get points for playing nice football. It is all about results in this game."

This was a game which brought two late additions to any goal of the year competition.

The first was from 19-year-old Jordan Stewart, whose skill and quick-footed attacking play lit up a gloomy afternoon at Stangmore Park.

He put the Glens ahead late in the first half with a curling left-foot strike barely 60 seconds after Curtis Allen had wiped out David McCullough's opener for Dungannon.

But Andrew Mitchell topped Stewart's strike with a brilliant equaliser to make it 2-2 early in the second half when he received a throw-in, turned and clipped a 20-yard effort over a helpless Elliott Morris.

Stewart hit the crossbar twice, but the Glens' pressure paid off when they nicked it four minutes from the end thanks to Henderson converting the rebound after Steven Gordon's penalty had hit the woodwork.

"I've always been told to follow in penalties and fortunately I was first to the ball," Henderson added. "I thought we deserved the three points over the 90 minutes."

This was the fifth time this season that late goals have cost Dungannon and boss Darren Murphy is unable to put his finger on what exactly is to blame.

"I don't know - but at this moment in time I'm finding it very hard to keep going," he said.

"Each dig you get is harder than the one before, and the dig today is another body blow.

"Constantly having to regroup and go again, it's difficult. I might wake up tomorrow morning and feel a bit differently.

"At this moment, if I didn't have to come out and speak to the press, I'd be away home.

"But I know I have a job to do as a manager and I will do that job to the best of my ability."

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