Belfast Telegraph

Friday 4 September 2015

Glentoran should have netted win: Patterson

Ballymena United 0 Glentoran 0

By Keith Bailie

Published 12/03/2013

Ballymena United's Gary Thompson challenges Glentoran striker Andy Waterworth
Ballymena United's Gary Thompson challenges Glentoran striker Andy Waterworth

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson feels his side missed a great opportunity to claim all three points in Saturday's scoreless draw with Ballymena United.

"It was a difficult game on a difficult pitch, but I feel it was two points dropped," he reflected.

"We certainly had the chances to win the game.

"We had the majority of the possession and played all the football – you would have thought we were the home side.

"Unfortunately, we didn't take our chances and we were punished for that," Patterson stated.

In a temperamental affair, Ballymena finished with 10 men after Colin Burns sent off David Cushley for kicking out at Jimmy Callacher with 11 minutes left on the clock. The home side struggled to create a clear cut opportunity, while Glentoran missed glorious chances through Andrew Waterworth, David Howland and young substitute Carl McComb.

United goalkeeper Dwayne Nelson was the star of the day, though, as he battled on heroically despite the fact he picked up a nasty leg injury early in the second half.

Referee Burns managed to infuriate both sets of supporters with Glentoran feeling they should have been awarded two penalties when Colin Nixon and Stephen McAlorum were fouled in the box, while Ballymena United substitute Peter Duffin clearly had his shirt tugged by Jason Hill just outside the box as the game entered second half stoppage time.

However, it proved to be a difficult day for the visitors right from the off.

Elliott Morris and Jay Magee both picked up injuries in the warm-up, while Sean Ward then limped off mid-way through the first half.

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