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Victory can put Glens on right path: Kane

By Gareth McCullough

Glentoran goal hero Marcus Kane was the difference between his side and Warrenpoint Town at Stangmore Park on Saturday and hopes that the win can act as a building block for Eddie Patterson's young team this season.

The former Linfield man rose highest in a crowded penalty area to nod home Johnny Addis' long throw seven minutes after the interval to secure a victory that lifts the east Belfast side into the top half of the table.

"All the boys are happy to have picked up the three points," said Kane.

"We worked hard after the Linfield game on Tuesday. There were a few tired legs after that one but we shook them off at training on Thursday and came down here and got the win and that's what you're here for. That's what you pick up your pay cheque for."

After he had fired the rebound wide following Jim O'Hanlon's header being cleared off the line in a first half that Glentoran dominated, Kane popped up with the only goal of the game before Warrenpoint began to put the pressure on in the latter stages without being able to find the equaliser.

"I just managed to get my head to it and it went in and I think that's my third now in three league games," added Kane. "It's good for me but, on a team level, getting another three points is the main thing moving forward.

"What we're looking for is to try and get the consistency into the side and with the young players it can be hard to get that. That's Eddie's, plan – to get the young players in and give them their chance and as they grow older that consistency is hopefully going to get better."

WARRENPOINT: J Parr, King, Moan, Boyle, M Hughes, Smith (Havern, 63 mins), Bagnall, S Parr, Grant (McCabe, 80 mins), D Hughes, S Hughes. Unused subs: Cowan, Kearns, McGuigan

GLENTORAN: Morris, O'Neill, Hill, Birney, Callacher, Addis, McAlorum (Henderson, 74 mins), R Clarke, O'Hanlon (Boyd, 68 mins), Miskimmin (McGuigan, 90 mins), Kane. Unused subs: Bradley, Hughes

Referee: Hugh Carvill (Belfast)

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