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Detroit City 1–0 Glentoran: Glens lose anniversary international friendly

By Jim Gracey reporting from Detroit

Glentoran's youngest and most inexperienced side gave a fighting performance in Saturday's Detroit Cougars 50th anniversary match in Motor City.

On course for a hard earned draw, the fledgling Glens succumbed to an 85th minute Detroit winner, scored by Tyler Moorman.

The battling Glens looked to have done enough  to come away with a share of the spoils when substitute keeper Dwayne Nelson saved a penalty two minutes earlier from Jeff Adkins.

It was Nelson's third vital intervention of the second half after replacing starting keeper Elliott Morris at half time.

But Nelson couldn't keep out Moorman's winner into the top left corner of his net as Detroit turned the screw after an even first 80 minutes.

It was still a creditable performance by the Glens on a difficult artificial surface that had seen better days and claimed star player Curtis Allen with an ankle injury in the warm up.

Both sides also had two players booked in a physical encounter, played hard but in the spirit if the fixture to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Glentoran playing as the Detroit Cougars to help launch football in the United States in 1967.

Original Cougars Billy Sinclair and Tommy Jackson were hailed by the 5037 Keyworth stadium crowd as they were paraded in the centre circle at half time and publicly thanked for their part in introducing the game to Detroit whose present day club have been fantastic hosts to the Cougars present day successors.

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