Gary’s treble as Glens cruise it
Glentoran got their season up and running without hardly breaking a sweat as they fired six past Newington YC in the County Antrim Shield first round at the Oval last night.
Gary Hamilton netted a hat-trick and there was also goals for Michael Halliday, Daryl Fordyce and Darren Boyce before Sean Adams scored a late consolation for the visitors.
Having had their two scheduled games called off this season, Alan McDonald used the visit of the north Belfast minnows to give his players a much needed run out.
An almost first-choice team – minus Shane McCabe – was sent out onto a pitch that had clearly suffered badly from the weekend's horrendous weather conditions which saw the game against Glenavon last just 14 minutes before it was abandoned.
It took just 11 minutes for the first goal when Michael Halliday took advantage of some slack defending to slot home from 10 yards out.
The Glens doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Halliday's deft header allowed Boyce to run into space down the right and his fine cross was headed home by the unmarked Hamilton.
The Glens know they will will face much tougher opposition than this and their dominance
on the night continued when after Hamilton had forced a fine save from Newington custodian Dean Smyth, they were awarded a penalty on 33 minutes as the Northern Ireland international was bundled down by Ciaran Carson.
Daryl Fordyce, taking over spot kick duties after Jason Hill's miss in the UEFA Cup tie with Leipajas Metalurgs, fired his effortlessly into the top corner.
The closest Newington came to finding the net was in the 54th minute when Peter Gilgun rifled a shot from the edge of the area which had Elliott Morris clambering across goal to save.
But straight up the other end the Glens went, and despite being forced wide by Michael Morgan, class act Hamilton still managed to hammer home a superb strike from an acute angle for his second of the night.
He then completed his hat-trick three minutes later when he finished off another perfect cross from Boyce.
The impressive Boyce got his just rewards for an enthusiastic display on 71 minutes when he latched onto a Kyle Neill through ball to make it six and with four minutes remaining Adams headed home unmarked for Newington's only goal.
GLENTORAN: Morris, Nixon, Leeman, Ward, Hill, Boyce, Fordyce, Fitzgerald, Neill, Hamilton, Halliday. Subs: Taylor (GK), Burrows, Simpson, McGovern, Berry.
NEWINGTON YC: Smyth, McCreedie, Carson, Morgan, Adams, Lyndsay, Quinn, Heaney, Gilgun, Brannigan. Subs: Smith, McAuley, Campbell, Walsh, Farrell.