Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran's Calum Birney on mission to achieve his goals after Dungannon win

Dungannon 2-4 Glentoran

By David Mason

Calum Birney considers himself a goal-scoring defender, but admits he has taken stick from team-mates about his poor record in recent times.

Birney scored twice as Glentoran claimed only their third league win of the campaign at Dungannon on Saturday.

They were his first goals of the term. He also failed to find the net last season - a fact that had not gone unnoticed in the Glens changing room.

"I hadn't scored for a while so a few of the boys had been having a bit of banter with me," Birney said. "I think I had six career goals, now I've eight.

"A few boys might say otherwise, but I think of myself as a goal-scoring centre-half. I just need to back it up with a few more goals."

Birney headed a quick-fire equaliser to cancel out David Armstrong's opening goal at Stangmore Park before Andrew Mitchell put Dungannon back in front in the second-half.

But again Glentoran hit back quickly, with Johnny Addis making it 2-2 after an eye-catching run and finish.

Birney scored his second of the game to put the visitors ahead, and Curtis Allen sealed the points when his curling strike made it 4-2.

Birney added: "The way the results have been going recently, it was just a relief to get the three points.

"Scoring is always nice, and hopefully there will be more to come later in the season, but more importantly we need wins.

"It has been a difficult enough season so far, especially coming off the success at the end of last season with the Irish Cup.

"We've always tried to work hard to rectify the results, although that is maybe not always coming across.

"All we can do is keep working hard and I think we've got the quality. We should be winning more games than we lose."

This was the second weekend in a row that Dungannon were involved in a six-goal affair. They have conceded 21 times in nine games, and keeper Andy Coleman admits it isn't good enough.

"At the moment we are shipping too many goals," he said.

"It's a mentality thing. Boys switch off because we take the lead and think we're going to go on and win, but it's not like that in the Irish League."

DUNGANNON: Coleman, Montgomery, Armstrong, Wilson, McCaffrey, Fitzpatrick (Glackin, 55 mins), Harpur (Burke, 62 mins), Hazley (Teggart, 80 mins), Lowe, McElroy, Mitchell. Unused subs: O'Rourke, Addis.

GLENTORAN: Hogg, Garrett, Birney, Addis, Kane, Scullion, McAlorum, Gordon, Smith, McMenamin, Allen. Unused subs: Morris, McCaffrey, Gibson, McCullough, Gray

Man of the match: Calum Birney

Match rating: 8/10

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

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