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Glentoran back on the march

Glentoran 3 Limavady United 0

Glentoran set up a repeat of their 2003 and 2004 Irish Cup final clashes with Coleraine by breezing past Limavady United at the Oval last night to make it into the fifth round of the blue riband competition.

Three goals of supreme quality from Andrew Waterworth, Shane McCabe and Sean Ward were the difference on the night as the Glens put on a professional display against the Roesiders who were never really in with a shout of causing a shock.

Aside from a Declan McKeever effort which was deflected over for a fourth minute corner for United, it was all Glentoran from the start and their pacy attack-line was causing the north-west visitors difficulties at the back.

Waterworth and Burrows were linking up well in the absence of the suspended Gary Hamilton and the latter had a couple of opportunities as the Glens went on the attack early.

On 10 minutes the former Dundela striker latched onto a long ball over the top and attempted to lob the onrushing Chris McKendry but his shot went well over.

On 18 minutes Martin Cutmore's poor backpass saw Waterworth steal in but his shot was partially blocked and Burrows wasted no time in striking a rebound which was brilliantly stopped on the line by Gareth McConaghie.

United's goal was leading a charmed life and it finally succumbed to the pressure just a few seconds later. Waterworth played a neat one-two with David Scullion before firing a well hit shot past McKendry from 12 yards out at an angle for his seventh goal of the season.

And the game was killed off completely four minutes before half-time thanks to a superb volley from McCabe who almost ripped the net with his 14 yard drive from the right of the goal.

It was more of the same in the second half and those fans who braved the bitterly cold night in the east of the city bore witness to a goal of amazing individual quality from the unlikely boot of Sean Ward on 51 minutes

The classy defender ran from his own half, skipping past half a dozen defenders before making his way into the Limavady box and dispatching the ball beyond McKendry and into the far corner of the goal.

A great goal, akin to that famous one scored by John Barnes for England against Brazil at the Maracana back in the early 80s.

GLENTORAN: Morris, McGovern, Nixon, Ward (Johnny Taylor 61), Black, Scullion, Fordyce, McCabe, Hill (Fitzgerald 72), Waterworth (Halliday 85), Burrows.

Subs: James Taylor, Carson.

LIMVADY UNITED: McKendry, Canning, Kelly (Harkin 56), McConaghie, Cutmore, Owens, Lowry, Patrick (McClean 77), Gray, McKeever, Crossan (McKinney 85). Subs: McAllister.

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