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Strike force now the main goal for Glentoran

By Stuart McKinley

Glentoran 1 Coleraine 1: Eddie Patterson will step up his search for a striker this week after seeing his Glentoran team fail to take a number of clear-cut chances in their opening day 1-1 draw with Coleraine.

Patterson is desperate to add firepower to his squad and he is hoping to bring in a new face before next Saturday's trip to Glenavon.

The Glens created enough chances after Jim O'Hanlon's first-half penalty to have put the game to bed before the Bannsiders grabbed a point thanks to Shane Jennings' 71st minute equaliser.

O'Hanlon, David Scullion and substitute Jordan Hughes all failed to finish good opportunities.

As the chances went begging you couldn't help but think that last season's top goalscorer Andy Waterworth – who is now with Linfield – would have finished at least one of them to give his team the three points.

Summer signing Mark Miskimmin still has two games of a three-match suspension to serve and although he will be back in time for the Big Two battle with Linfield at the end of the month Patterson wants to have a new addition before then.

"Just before half-time we had a great chance that Jim O'Hanlon put over the bar, then we'd three one-on-ones in the second half," said a frustrated Patterson.

Carl McComb led the attack against Coleraine on Saturday, but Premiership appearances have been few and far between for the striker – who doesn't turn 21 until Wednesday of this week – and he hasn't got the experience that Patterson is looking for.

Instead McComb is due to head to Championship club Dundela on a season-long loan – a move which has been put on hold temporarily while Miskimmin is out.

"We feel that Carl is very raw and we feel a loan period – and we've got that loan period set-up – will be good for him," said Patterson.

"The reason that he is still here is that Miskimmin and Johnny Addis were both suspended so we had to do that for our own reasons and the club comes first.

"Carl wants more regular football and he is going to get that once we get players back from suspension.

"It's a loan period that he needs to build up his confidence, but his performance against Coleraine will do him no harm.

"He led the line well and he could have actually been a hero if he'd stuck his chance away when he was one-on-one.

"He's a goalscorer when he goes to the reserves and and needs to be tested at a higher level – first-team level is maybe a bit above him at the moment, but a season in the Championship should be a good test for him."

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