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Dungannon Swifts 0-1 Glentoran: Curtis Allen says Glens benefiting from approach of new boss Gary Haveron

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 17/10/2016

Praise: Glentoran’s Curtis Allen
Praise: Glentoran’s Curtis Allen

Curtis Allen has praised the impact that Gary Haveron is making at Glentoran.

The ex-Carrick Rangers boss, drafted in last month to replace Alan Kernaghan, secured his first win at Dungannon.

A late, late penalty from Jonathan Smith settled a poor-quality game. It was the Glens' first win in the Danske Bank Premiership since August 20.

And it followed encouraging performances in Haveron's first two games against Linfield and Ballinamallard.

Allen believes the team is responding to the new manager's approach.

"He has brought in a different training style and has upped the training and wants us to be more competitive," he said.

"I've known Gary for a few years and have played against him.

"He knows the Irish League and what it is all about, and is instilling that into the team and the squad. He wants to do well and he deserves that three points for the work he has put in over the last few weeks."

Dungannon had scored 12 goals in their last two games, but were frustrated by a disciplined defensive performance from the Glens. Jay Magee and Jonny Addis both impressed in the heart of defence, shutting out the Swifts' attacking threat.

And Smith, who came on in the 61st minute in place of Ciaran Caldwell, had the composure to net the winner.

He won the penalty, drawing a foul from goalkeeper Andy Coleman, before converting the kick.

DUNGANNON: Coleman, Burns, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke (Lavery, 82 mins), Wilson, Fitzpatrick (McMahon, 61 mins), Glackin, Burke (Harpur, 61 mins), Teggart, Mitchell. Unused subs: Addis, Lowe.

GLENTORAN: Morris, Magee, Addis, Ferrin, Redman, Gordon, Caldwell (Smith, 61 mins), Harmon, Foley, Lavery, Allen (Novo, 61 mins). Unused subs: McAuley, Leu, Nelson.

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

Man of the match: Jay Magee

Match rating: 4/10

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