Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Armagh City 1 - 1 Glentoran: Glens grateful for replay after day to forget

City joy: Philip Donnelly celebrates Armagh's stunning equaliser

Curtis Allen has defended the attitude of the Glentoran team, but the striker admitted their performance in Saturday's Irish Cup clash with Armagh City simply wasn't good enough.

Manager Eddie Patterson raised questions about the attitude of his players after losing 2-1 to Warrenpoint Town the previous weekend.

Patterson missed the game at Holm Park due to illness, but as he listened to the radio commentary from his sick bed those same concerns will have come to mind as Philip Donnelly's stunning strike midway through the second half cancelled out Marcus Kane's opener to earn Belfast Telegraph Championship 2 side Armagh a second crack at the the holders next Monday at The Oval.

It could have been a different story had Allen's penalty nine minutes before half time finished on the other side of post, rather than clipping the outside of the upright.

Armagh were the better team from then on in, although Allen had the best chance to claim a winner, but sliced his shot into the arms of goalkeeper Sean Morgan.

Now the striker, who joined the Glens after an unsuccessful six-month spell at Inverness, is promising an improvement.

"I don't think you can question the attitude, it's more a question of why we are giving these performances," said Allen.

"It's something that we need to look at internally.

"We know we are a lot better than that – it's as simple as that.

"Fair play to Armagh, they played well and they worked very, very hard. They had their attitude and formation spot on and they thoroughly deserved the draw.

"A draw was a fair result – I don't think they looked like winning it – although either of us maybe could have nicked a goal out of nothing.

"I don't think anyone from the Glentoran starting XI did themselves any favours and we all know that. We'll give a different performance when the replay comes around."

The fact that the Glens line up included only two men who started last season's Cup final win over Cliftonville – Elliott Morris and Jay Magee – shows how much things have changed at the Oval in the last nine months.

Allen, however, isn't looking for excuses for a run which has seen them win just three times in their last 10 games.

"I don't think that makes a difference. It's the Irish Cup and everyone wants to play in it," said Allen.

"There is a lot of experience in the team anyway and I don't think that comes into it.

"We are Glentoran Football Club and we know that we can play a lot, lot better than we did."

ARMAGH: Morgan, Montgomery, Lennon, Noonan, R McGerrigan (S McGerrigan, 57 mins), Hynds (Keegan, 63 mins), Kelly, Cullen, Carvill, Donnelly, Murray. Unused subs: Daly, G Grimley, L Grimley.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Garrett, Birney, Magee, Addis, Stewart (O'Hanlon, 75 mins), McAlorum (Boyd, 65 mins), Kane, Scullion (McGuigan, 69 mins), Henderson, Allen. Unused subs: Hogg, Miskimmin.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown).

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