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Glens are back in groove

By Graham Luney

Glentoran gained some revenge for their Irish Cup defeat to Glenavon by recording a 3-1 Danske Bank Premiership victory at Mourneview Park last night.

Striker Curtis Allen, who scored a brace in the 3-1 win, was relieved to end a run of four league defeats on the bounce.

"We tried to make a statement for ourselves, the club and our fans," said Allen, who also missed a penalty. "We've been poor recently if I'm being honest and we said to ourselves that we needed to stand up and make something out of the rest of the season."

Jonathan Smith was also on target for the visitors and Kevin Braniff's goal was little consolation.

James McKenna's second-half effort was enough to give Ballinamallard United a win over Portadown while Andy Mitchell's strike gave Dungannon Swifts a 1-0 victory over Warrenpoint Town.

In the Irish Cup, a Miguel Chines penalty earned Carrick Rangers a 1-0 win over Crumlin Star and booked a home clash with Crusaders in the quarter-finals.

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